An Orange County man was convicted and sentenced Friday to five years in state prison for killing a doctor who was riding her bicycle in Newport Beach and then fleeing the scene, prosecutors said.
Michael Jason Lopez, 40, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of hit-and-run causing death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. A previous conviction of residential burglary in 1993 was considered during the sentence, prosecutors said.
Prosecutors said that on the morning of Sept. 15, Lopez was driving his Toyota pickup on Newport Coast Drive when it struck Dr. Catherine Campion-Ritz, 57, as she rode her bicycle with her husband. He hit her from behind, throwing her onto the street.
Prosecutors said Lopez fled, rather than calling 911 or attempting to render aid.
Campion-Ritz was taken to a hospital, where she died hours after the accident.
Prosecutors said that Newport Beach police were able to identify Lopez's truck through surveillance video, which allowed them to determine his license plate number and that Lopez was driving. He was arrested days later.