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Driver gets close to year in jail for fatal hit-and-run on Highway 14

Posted: March 5, 2014 1:11 p.m.
Updated: March 5, 2014 1:11 p.m.

A 66-year-old truck driver arrested last summer for leaving the scene of a crash where a woman was struck and killed on northbound Highway 14 is now serving close to a year in jail after pleading no contest recently, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said.

Nicolas M. Hernandez, of Porterville, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Feb. 14 and entered a plea of no contest to leaving the scene of an accident, said spokesman Ricardo Santiago Wednesday.

“He was sentenced to 348 days in jail and 36 months formal probation,” he said.

On June 29, 2013, Hernandez drove a 2012 Freightliner truck northbound north of Agua Dulce Canyon Road when his truck struck 44-year-old Reyna Palacios. of Pomona.

Palacios was standing outside her vehicle, a 1999 Honda, which was disabled at the time of the crash. She was airlifted from the scene to Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, where she later died as a result of her injuries, California Highway Patrol officials said at the time of the incident.

Hernandez left the scene of the incident and was later stopped by a CHP officer traveling southbound on Highway 14 near Agua Dulce Canyon Road. He was arrested for felony hit and run.

The crash closed down Highway 14 in the area for several hours, leaving motorists stalled in temperatures exceeding 100 degrees.

It was the second fatal collision to happen on Highway 14 within a month last summer, and the third collision for which a driver was arrested.

Burbank resident Bradford Pate, 38, was charged two counts of murder for allegedly causing a traffic collision on June 22, 2013, while traveling the wrong way on northbound Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road. Two people died in that crash.

On Tuesday, Pate was formally arraigned on those murder charges, after being ordered to stand trial last month.

Rick Allen Walker, 54, of Canyon Country was also arrested for driving under the influence in connection with a wrong-way crash on June 17, 2013, that injured 13 people on Highway 14 near Escondido Canyon Road.

In October, he was sentenced to seven years in prison after pleading no contest to four counts of DUI causing injury, according to a news release from the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office issued at the time.
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