Case # 14NF0063
Date: February 19, 2016
TRUCK DRIVER SENTENCED FOR KILLING BICYCLIST IN HIT-AND-RUN CRASH AND DRAGGING VICTIM THROUGH STREET
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A truck driver was sentenced to one year in jail today for killing a bicyclist in a hit-and-run crash after dragging the victim through the street. Filemon Reynaga, 50, Sylmar, was found guilty by a jury on Aug. 6, 2015, of one felony count of hit and run causing death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. Reynaga was also sentenced to three years of formal probation and ordered to pay $16,000 in restitution.
At approximately 5:35 a.m. on Oct. 30, 2013, Reynaga drove a semi-trailer truck with an attached trailer out of a driveway on Missile Way onto Orangethorpe Avenue in Anaheim. He drove through a stop sign and made a right turn when he struck 19-year-old bicyclist Manuel Rodriguez and dragged him, along with his bicycle, onto Orangethorpe Avenue. Reynaga then got out of his truck, walked over to the victim, got back inside his truck and drove away from the scene without rendering aid to the victim or contacting police.
Rodriguez was subsequently struck by a second vehicle, but the driver in that crash stopped at the scene and cooperated with the Anaheim Police Department (APD), who investigated this case. Rodriguez died as a result of multiple blunt trauma injuries in the two collisions.
After further investigation, APD arrested Reynaga on Jan. 8, 2014.
Deputy District Attorney Stephen Cornwell prosecuted this case.