Man Charged with Killing 77-Year-Old Woman in Hit-and-Run

A man has been charged with fatally hitting a 77-year-old woman with his vehicle and then fleeing last month in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Brandon Rosendo Mazariego (dob 4/2/93) of South Los Angeles was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person in case BA472974. The charge includes allegations of a prior felony conviction.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case was filed on Nov. 19.

On Nov. 13, Mazariego was allegedly driving an SUV on Budlong Avenue and turned onto West 28th Street, where he is accused of striking Maria Asuncion Reynoso with his vehicle, said Deputy District Attorney Jane Brownstone. He allegedly made no effort to stop and continued driving, the prosecutor said.

The victim, who lived a few blocks away, died of her injuries. Mazariego was arrested two days later.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is recommending that bail be set at $125,000.

Mazariego was convicted in October 2016 of one felony count of first-degree burglary, person present, according to the criminal complaint.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Division.

Young Woman Hits and Kills a Bicyclist at High Speeds.

The Tucson Police Department is actively investigating a fatal bicycle collision that occurred yesterday morning in the 1000 block of S. Sentinel Peak Drive (A-Mountain). On October 11, 2018, at approximately 9:30 a.m., officers from Operations Division West and members of the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to A-Mountain for a report of a serious injury bicycle collision. Upon arrival, an adult male cyclist was found unresponsive near the top of the mountain. Tucson Fire immediately transported the victim to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. The vehicle and driver involved were found near the base of the mountain where the vehicle had collided with several large landscaping rocks in the parking lot. During the initial investigation, officers noticed signs and symptoms of impairment from the adult female driver. She was transported to the hospital due to the level of her intoxication and for minor injuries sustained during the collision. Her adult male passenger was not injured.

Detectives with the Tucson Police Traffic Unit responded to continue the investigation. After speaking with witnesses and examining roadway evidence, they were able to determine that a silver 2002 Lexus GS300 exited the parking lot at the top of the mountain and drove the wrong way down a one-way road. At the same time, the cyclist involved was riding his bicycle up the mountain in the correct direction. On the north side of the mountain, the Lexus struck the cyclist head-on, causing him to be thrown from his bicycle and into a ditch on the side of the roadway. The driver did not stop after the collision and continued down the road in the wrong direction. As the Lexus approached the bottom of the mountain, it struck an adult male and female pedestrian that were walking in the area. The Lexus brushed up against the pedestrians, knocking the female to the ground and causing minor injuries to both. The Lexus then continued down the road and entered the lower parking lot at a high rate of speed, where the vehicle eventually crashed into several large boulders and came to rest. The driver and passenger exited the vehicle and began to walk away, but were stopped by several witnesses who convinced them to wait for the police. The investigation revealed that speed and impairment were both factors in the collision. Approximately two hours after arriving at the hospital, the cyclist succumbed to his injuries and was sadly pronounced deceased. He was identified as 73-year-old Richard E. Ellwanger. His next of kin have been notified. Mr. Ellwanger was wearing a helmet at the time of the collision.
The driver of the Lexus was identified as 20-year-old Yanibra Moreno. She was released from the hospital and booked into Pima County Jail on one count of Second Degree Murder (Class 1 Felony), one count of Leaving the Scene of a Collision Causing Serious Injury or Death (Class 2 Felony) and three counts of Endangerment (Class 6 Felony).


Motorcycle Collision at High Speeds Results in a Death.


On October 20, 2018, at approximately 5:30 a.m., officers from Operations Division West and members of the Tucson Fire Department were dispatched to the intersection of N. 1st Avenue and E. Fort Lowell Road for a report of a serious injury motorcycle collision. Upon arrival, they located a pickup truck and motorcycle in the intersection. The motorcyclist was found lying on the ground and was immediately transported to Banner University Medical Center with life threatening injuries. Shortly after arrival at the hospital, the motorcyclist succumbed to his injuries and was sadly pronounced deceased. He was identified as 34-year-old Nicholas Rollins. Next of kin have been notified. Detectives with the Tucson Police Traffic Investigations Unit responded to continue the investigation. After speaking with witnesses and examining roadway evidence, detectives were able to determine that the motorcyclist was riding a 2004 Yamaha Sport Motorcycle eastbound on Ft. Lowell at a high rate of speed. As the motorcyclist approached the intersection at 1 st Avenue, he failed to stop for the red light and collided with a 2012 Chevrolet Silverado Pickup Truck that was traveling northbound through the intersection on a green light. The driver of the pickup showed no signs of impairment and did not appear to be exceeding the speed limit. It is unknown at this time if the motorcyclist was impaired. Detectives are continuing their investigation. No citations have been issued

Tucson Police Investigate a Death After a Man Falls Out of a Moving Car

On October 24, 2018, the Tucson Police Traffic Investigations Unit received information that an adult male had passed away after sustaining injuries from falling out of a moving vehicle on October 20, 2018. The adult male was identified as 30-year-old Robert A. Robles. Next of kin were with him when he passed.
Detectives responded to the hospital and interviewed family members. They learned that Mr. Robles had been taken to the hospital by his girlfriend on the morning of the incident. Detectives located Mr. Robles’ girlfriend and the vehicle involved. After searching the vehicle and conducting interviews, detectives determined that on October 20, 2018, at approximately 2:30 a.m. Mr. Robles and his girlfriend were driving home from a local bar after attending an earlier wedding. Mr. Robles’ girlfriend said both of them had been drinking. Mr. Robles was a front seat passenger in the vehicle being driven by his girlfriend. For unknown reasons, Mr. Robles exited the vehicle as it was traveling at approximately 40 mph in the 2200 block of West Anklam Road. Mr. Robles’ girlfriend stopped the vehicle and found him lying in the roadway. He sustained injuries to the back of his head, along with abrasions to his back and shoulders.
Two motorists stopped and helped place Mr. Robles into the back seat of his girlfriend’s vehicle. She then drove him to St. Mary’s Hospital, where he was later transported to Banner University Medical Center. Doctors at the hospital determined Mr. Robles had a non-survivable brain injury. The police were not notified of the incident until the day Mr. Robles passed away. Due to the delay in reporting the incident, detectives were not able to determine the level of impairment on Mr. Robles’ girlfriend. The level of Mr. Robles’ impairment will be determined through medical records. The investigation is ongoing. Additional details will be released as they become available. At this time, no arrests or citations have been issued. Anyone with information about this incident is asked to call 88-CRIME. You can remain anonymous.

Eric Corral Convicted of Causing a Bicyclist Death while Under Influence.

Eric Corral was convicted of killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol.

On August 12, 2016, the victim, Scott Koch, stopped on Valencia at Nexus to cross the street on his bicycle. When Koch entered the crosswalk with a walk signal, Corral ran the right light, striking Koch. Witnesses described Koch being launched into the air by the passenger side windshield and then falling to the side of the road. Koch died 30 minutes later after being transported to the hospital.

Numerous good Samaritans stopped, attempted to render aid, and provided all the information they could to the officers. Corral slowed but did not stop, even though his windshield was shattered. Officers began looking for the car, aided by people calling in the damaged car, and eventually found Corral at Kolb and Golf Links, approximately 10 miles away. Officers attempted to stop Corral, but he continued to drive and turn onto Swan where he was cut off by a taxi driver and forced to stop.

Inside his car, Corral had an open beer bottle, an opened 12-pack on the passenger floorboard, and little “shooters” of alcohol around the interior of the car. Corral admitted that he had been drinking. His blood alcohol concentration came back at 0.313% almost two hours after the collision.

Last week, a jury convicted Corral of Negligent Homicide, Leaving the Scene After Causing an Accident Resulting in Death, and DUI. This case was prosecuted by Deputy County Attorneys Nicolette Kneup and Robin Schwartz.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 28, 2018.