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Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

Victim David Rock suffered spinal injuries in the Canyon Country crash

Posted: February 18, 2014 7:01 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 7:01 p.m.

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

Artemio Hernandez-Reyes, 29, entered a plea of no contest to leaving the scene of an accident during an appearance in San Fernando Superior Court, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

“He was sentenced to 60 months formal probation and 50 days of community service,” Santiago said.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 16.

Cyclist David Rock suffered serious injuries in the crash in Canyon Country last summer, including injuries to his spine, according to a friend interviewed a month after the collision.

Rock, in his 50s, was bicycling about 6:30 a.m. on July 15 when he was hit by the car on Sierra Highway north of Vasquez Canyon Road.

“David has serious injuries,” his friend said in the interview. “We just thank God that his spinal cord was not severed.”

The motorist left the scene of the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol investigator at the scene of the collision.

Four hours later, Hernandez-Reyes, who buses tables for a living, turned himself in at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and was charged with felony hit and run causing injury.




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