Q: A motorcyclist was struck and killed May 1, 2014, I believe, in Citrus Heights. One of my neighbors told me that a nearby neighbor was the one responsible for hitting the motorcyclist, but that others were involved in hiding his vehicle. What was the final legal outcome for all of those who were involved?
Jimmy, Citrus Heights
A: Gavril Suiugan, 20, of Fair Oaks, died May 1, 2014, when his northbound motorcycle struck the side of a truck on Roseville Road near Outlook Drive, just west of the Citrus Heights city limits, about 8:50 p.m.
The California Highway Patrol reported that the truck, a dark metallic blue GMC Sierra with a camper shell, was southbound on Roseville Road approaching Outlook Drive and turned left directly in the path of the motorcycle. Suiugan was ejected from the motorcycle and died at the scene.
The truck driver left the scene in the vehicle, which the CHP reported sustained damage to its right front side.
In early June, officers arrested 20-year-old Nicolas Perez Reza as the suspected driver of the truck. According to Sacramento Superior Court online records, Reza pleaded no contest in October to felony hit-and-run driving and a misdemeanor count of manslaughter. He was sentenced in December to four years in state prison and is currently in San Quentin State Prison.
No other arrests were reported in the case.
Call The Bee’s Cathy Locke, (916) 321-5287.