Man Sentenced to Prison in Death of 26-Year-Old Cyclist in Westlake Area

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A 23-year-old man was sentenced Friday to six years in state prison after pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter in the death of a cyclist in the Westlake neighborhood of Los Angeles in April.

Cruz Tzoc entered his plea to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and was immediately sentenced, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office stated in a news release.

The collision occurred on April 23 when Tzoc was driving northbound on Burlington Avenue at about 60 mph, the Los Angeles Police Department stated at the time.

As Tzoc approached Temple Street, he lost control of his vehicle, struck a parked car and continued backward into the intersection, authorities said.

Just as he entered the intersection, Tzoc struck 26-year-old Tomas Brewer and dragged him about 25 feet, the DA’s office stated.

Tzoc’s truck then slammed into a tree and he was arrested at the scene.