Orange County District Attorney Press Release
For Immediate Release, Case # 12CF2769: April 12, 2013
SANTA ANA – A driver was convicted and sentenced today to five years in state prison for killing a bicyclist after crashing into her and fleeing the scene. Michael Jason Lopez, 40, Anaheim, pleaded guilty to a court offer to one felony count of hit and run causing death and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence with a sentencing enhancement for a prior strike conviction for residential burglary in 1993.
At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Sept. 15, 2012, 57-year-old Catherine Campion-Ritz was riding her bicycle with her husband on Newport Coast Drive in Newport Beach. Lopez was driving his Toyota pickup truck on the same road and crashed into the back of the victim’s bike, causing her to be thrown on to the street. Continue reading