A driver in Los Angeles can face severe penalties when there’s a DUI accident that results in injuries or death. KTLA News reports that man who drove his car through a group of several cyclists while he was drunk two years ago was convicted of second-degree murder on Wednesday along with counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and leaving the scene of an accident.
Marco Antonio Valencia, 22, now faces a life sentence in prison for the conviction. Apparently, the defendant had been on probation for two previous DUI convictions at the time that he hit the cyclists on Bouquet Canyon Road in the Angeles National Forest. After the accident, Valencia drove off, but was arrested just 1.5 hours later.