Man Sentenced to 10 Years for Killing Cyclist, a Beloved Teacher in Santa Clarita, in Hit-and-Run Crash

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Rodrick Bennett appears in a photo on his Facebook page from Sept. 25, 2010. The Arroyo Seco Junior High Teacher was killed in a Santa Clarita hit-and-run crash on May 25, 2016.

A 28-year-old man was sentenced to 10 years in prison in connection with the death of a beloved Valencia teacher in a hit-and-run crash earlier this year, Los Angeles County District Attorney’s officials announced Monday.

Lucas Guidroz, of Canyon Country, pleaded no contest gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving resulting in death for the May 25 crash.

Guidroz fatally struck Rodrick T. Bennett, 53, as the victim was riding his bicycle on Placerita Canyon Road in Santa Clarita.

Guidroz turned himself in to authorities two days later.

Bennett was a math and music teacher at Valencia’s Arroyo Seco Junior High School.