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California driver runs down pedestrian, claims vehicle vandalized

December 11, 2017, Santa Ana, CA — A 24-year-old Santa Ana woman was sentenced to three years in prison on Monday for fleeing the scene after fatally hitting a pedestrian and then falsely reporting to her insurance company that her vehicle had been vandalized.

Belen Guadalupe Sicairos pleaded guilty on Monday in Orange County Superior Court to felony hit-and-run causing death, and felony insurance fraud, according to the Orange County District Attorney’s Office.

Sicairos was driving westbound on First Street in Santa Ana at about 2 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2015 when she struck Jorge Luis Lopez-Lobato, 35, as he was crossing the street, authorities said.

Sicairos drove off without stopping to help Lopez-Lobato, who died at the scene.

Later that day, she filed an insurance claim with Alliance United Insurance Company for vandalism on her vehicle, stating that her car was parked near 17th Street in Santa Ana when she found it with damage to the driver’s side and windshield area, prosecutors said.

Sicairos also filed a police report claiming vandalism.

She was arrested after a witness saw media coverage of the hit-and-run and reported that a vehicle matching the description was at an auto body shop in San Bernardino County, prosecutors said.

In the sentencing, the victim’s sisters said they hope Sicairos has a conscience and will never hurt anyone again.

“The loss caused a very deep pain to my parents, to all of us,” Gabriela Lopez-Lobato said in court. “This is a pain that they have not gotten over, and I know they will never get over it.”

According to court records, Sicairos has had multiple traffic infractions and citations since 2013, including failing to stop at a stop sign, doing an improper turn at an intersection, speeding and unsafe lane change.

Source: The Orange County Register

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