Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Hit-and-Run In Aliso Viejo

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Man Pleads Guilty to Deadly Hit-and-Run In Aliso Viejo

SANTA ANA (CNS) – A 39-year-old Lake Forest man pleaded guilty today to a hit-and-run collision in Aliso Viejo that killed a bicyclist.

Rogelio Martinez-Cuin admitted one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury, both felonies, as well as a misdemeanor count of driving on a suspended or revoked license due to a DUI, according to court records.

Martinez-Cuin was scheduled to be sentenced Dec. 17.

Martinez-Cuin ran a red light, was inattentive and driving at an unsafe speed, according to the criminal complaint.

Michael David Tomlinson of Aliso Viejo, 51, was riding on Westridge Drive, crossing Woods Canyon Drive, when he was struck by a Volvo about 6:40 a.m. Jan. 30, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. The driver kept going, but witnesses gave deputies a vehicle description, she said.

The vehicle was found about a mile away, and deputies arrested Martinez-Cuin a short distance from the Volvo, Braun said.

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