LANCASTER – A 58-year-old man was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in state prison for driving drunk and crashing his pickup truck into a motorcycle, killing its rider.
A jury last month found Javier Guzmán-Peña guilty of second-degree murder in the death of 69-year-old Glenn Grimm. The jury deliberated for just 90 minutes on Nov. 13 before reaching the verdict, according to Deputy District Attorney Ryan Williams.
The conviction stems from a collision that occurred around 2 p.m. Sunday, April 19, at the intersection of 90th Street East and Avenue K in Lancaster.
Guzmán-Peña was driving a pickup truck with a .15-percent blood alcohol level when he rear-ended Grimm’s motorcycle at a stop sign, according to court testimony. Grimm was thrown from the bike onto a dirt shoulder, the California Highway Patrol reported.
According to the evidence presented at trial, Guzmán-Peña sat in his truck following the crash and did not render any aid to Grimm.
A passing motorist pulled over, called 911, and started CPR on Grimm, following the instructions of the emergency operator, according to witness testimony.
Grimm was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP officials said.
Grimm had been returning home to Antelope Acres after a charity ride in Arizona for the Make-A-Wish Foundation, according to the prosecutor.
Grimm was an avid motorcyclist who participated in just about every charitable event and group ride for the Modified Motorcycle Association of California, his son John told The AV Times [read more here].
The case was investigated by the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department, Lancaster Station.
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13 comments for "DUI driver gets 15 to life for death of motorcyclist in Lancaster"
My condolences to the family .I also ride
I will say most of the Latin people in Palmdale or LA do think every day is Cinco de Mayo
Tim Scott says
Of the approximately quarter million, just in the AV, how many have you actually met?
Or is this “most of” just a wild statement that illustrates how you prejudge huge groups of people without bothering to know what you are talking about?
LOL… if only you knew! Latins don’t really celebrate Cinco De Mayo, that you people… Goes to show some people just talk because they have a hole in their face….
Since the federal government refuses to secure our borders, there will be many more like Señor Guzmán-Peña drunk driving on our roads, writing grafitti on public and private property, breaking into our houses, draining our tax dollars through all the handout programs like Section 8, and crowding our jails.
Tim Scott says
LOL…this “refuses to secure our borders” bit getting tossed in as if it is relevant, or as if it is a fact, is really funny, since it is neither.
Yeah because white people dont do those kind of things either, right? Wow, such ignorance.
Ryan Hunt says
Thank you Glen Grimm, wherever you are, for all the things and support you have done for other people throughout your life. Thank you Grimm family for giving rise to such a man. May God bless you indeed.
Concerned Biker says
I thought I heard that the case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol..
I am so sorry for your loss as you have my heartfelt condolences. I am HAPPY to hear that this person will be serving time in prison as I hope it’s a life sentence since he took away the life of a wonderful man. May God always comfort you.
The Grimm family would really love to thank the 911 caller who rendered aid. We would love to thank you in person. You will always be in our thoughts. Thank you so much!!
Maybe now that the verdict is in the persons name will be made available. Thank you for all you did for Glenn and staying with him.
We know his name however the police and DA were not able to find him. We are hoping he will find us so we can thank him.
I feel you says
If you post his name maybe someone reading will know him. I’m so sorry for your loss. My uncle was riding his motorcycle to my house in 1980 a was killed by a drunk driver on Ave J and 60th west. I just don’t understand why people continue to drink and drive. God bless you