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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