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UPDATE: Motorcyclist dies after being hit by Stevenson Ranch alleged DUI driver

Driver pleads not guilty in Superior Court

Posted: August 22, 2013 9:47 a.m.
Updated: August 22, 2013 5:34 p.m.

A memorial for Johnny Sanchez Jr. was placed on The Old Road after he died Wednesday night, apparently of injuries suffered in a DUI-related crash. Signal photo by Dan Watson

SANTA CLARITA -  A Lake View Terrace man seriously injured more than a week ago in a motorcycle crash in Stevenson Ranch has died in the hospital, officials confirmed Thursday.

Johnny Sanchez Jr., 58, died at Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital Wednesday night, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office said Thursday.

The driver of the car that allegedly hit Sanchez, Suzette Lorine Crockett, 46, of Stevenson Ranch, appeared in San Fernando Superior Court on Thursday and pleaded not guilty to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, District Attorney’s spokeswoman Shiara Dávila-Morales said.

Crockett, who was arrested the night of the collision, was re-arrested Wednesday night on the count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and remains in custody with bail set at $100,000.

Sanchez was rushed to the hospital with major injuries on Aug. 11 after he was hit by a motorist suspected of driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

The motorist was driving a 1987 Toyota Matrix northbound on The Old Road and preparing to make a left turn onto Sagecrest Circle when the collision occurred, California Highway Patrol Sgt. John Lutz said at the time of the crash.

Sanchez was traveling southbound on The Old Road on a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle, the sergeant said.

“She turned directly into the path of an oncoming motorcycle,” Lutz said.

Crockett is scheduled to appear in court Oct. 7 to set a date for a preliminary hearing.
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