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Driver gets probation, community service in hit-and-run collision

Victim David Rock suffered spinal injuries in the Canyon Country crash

Posted: February 18, 2014 7:01 p.m.
Updated: February 18, 2014 7:01 p.m.

A Newhall man who turned himself in four hours after he hit a bicyclist with his car, seriously injuring the victim, was sentenced Tuesday to probation and community service.

Artemio Hernandez-Reyes, 29, entered a plea of no contest to leaving the scene of an accident during an appearance in San Fernando Superior Court, said Los Angeles County District Attorney’s spokesman Ricardo Santiago.

“He was sentenced to 60 months formal probation and 50 days of community service,” Santiago said.

A restitution hearing is scheduled for April 16.

Cyclist David Rock suffered serious injuries in the crash in Canyon Country last summer, including injuries to his spine, according to a friend interviewed a month after the collision.

Rock, in his 50s, was bicycling about 6:30 a.m. on July 15 when he was hit by the car on Sierra Highway north of Vasquez Canyon Road.

“David has serious injuries,” his friend said in the interview. “We just thank God that his spinal cord was not severed.”

The motorist left the scene of the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol investigator at the scene of the collision.

Four hours later, Hernandez-Reyes, who buses tables for a living, turned himself in at the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station and was charged with felony hit and run causing injury.




ValenciaR: Posted: February 19, 2014 7:24 a.m.

Artemio Hernandez-Reyes should be heading to prison for at least as long as he received probation. I have seen Dave try to rebuild his life and while he is undergoing yet another surgery this month so he can better use his leg you will be carrying on doing the same. Artemio shame on you for your actions and shame on the the judge and the prosecution for allowing this slap on the wrist. We need to remove some folks who will NOT do the job they are being paid for. This is not justice it it clearing a case off their desks.

NotSoAwesomeTown: Posted: February 19, 2014 7:25 a.m.

This is a disgrace. You can seriously injure someone, DRIVE AWAY, and get nothing but probation and community service???

Vtown123: Posted: February 19, 2014 8:31 a.m.

Not sure exactly what you guys were expecting for an outcome. I get that he left the scene of the accident, but he did turn himself in. Is it because the guy was on a bicycle that Artemio should get a harsher sentence? I'm not condoning what he did by any stretch, but what would throwing him in prison do?

I will never understand why people put themselves in a situation where they are inches away from a car going 50+ mph...doesn't make sense.

DMeyer: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:14 a.m.

Um, let's recap this.

The perp commits a crime and a victim is seriously injured. Probation is definitely not enough of a punishment.....if you commit a crime and hurt somebody really bad you deserve prison time. This is not a "victimless crime".

ValenciaR: Posted: February 19, 2014 10:35 a.m.

Vtown he left the scene of the accident and turned himself in when he knew they would be coming for him. Hit and run, leaving an injured person without rendering aid is a felony. He was very fortunate to survive and it was not the drivers fault he did. He is s criminal and belongs in prison as the law states.

Unreal: Posted: February 19, 2014 11:04 a.m.

DMeyer: You did get most of it wrong. He did not "injury someone while committing a crime". No driving charges were filed. The only charge he had was leaving the scene of an accident.

If he had stayed at the scene he may have had no charges filed. Obviously he should not have left and should have rendered aid. No excuse, but maybe he was just scared. I am fine with 5 years of formal probation. --edited.

Vtown123: Posted: February 19, 2014 11:39 a.m.

"...turned himself in when he knew they would be coming for him." How do you know that he turned himself in because he knew they'd be coming for him? What makes you think his conscious didn't kick in? We've all made stupid spur of the moment decisions.

"Hit and run, leaving an injured person without rendering aid is a felony." Hit and run is a felony, not rendering aid is not a felony. If you are involved in an accident, all you are required to do is stay there and contact 911.

"He was very fortunate to survive and it was not the drivers fault he did." I agree.

"He is s criminal and belongs in prison as the law states." Apparently the judge and DA disagree with you.

Again, I'm not condoning what the driver did, but it was an accident - he wasn't found to be drunk or on drugs or anything like that. If he was, this would have a totally different outcome and he'd be behind bars for years.

ValenciaR: Posted: February 19, 2014 12:58 p.m.

Had there not been a witness to the accident that saved Dave's life he would be looking at slaughterer. Also had Reyes not been aware of the witness he never would have walked in on his own. I hope it happens to you so your bleeding heart can forgive the criminal who alters your life. Maybe you can also pay for the damages your body inflicted to the felon's auto.

Unreal: Posted: February 19, 2014 1:00 p.m.

Maybe the bike veered into the lane of traffic. Maybe it was hard to see him so early in the morning. Why ride a bike on a busy road in rush hour traffic?
I know it is legal, but I see lot's of bike riders riding where it really is not safe. The top of Bouquet Cyn. and Sand Cyn. to name just a couple.

UsualSuspect: Posted: February 19, 2014 1:33 p.m.

No jail time? So you can hit someone, be it a pedestrian, a cyclist, or another vehicle, drive away and leave them for dead, wait until you feel like it, then call and tell the CHP what you did hours before, probably because you knew you would be caught and not because you wanted to, and all you get is probation and some trash pickup?

johnnyrock: Posted: February 19, 2014 3:53 p.m.


Rick54: Posted: February 19, 2014 7:30 p.m.

Four hours is about perfect timing to drop the blood alcohol levels to acceptable limits.

scv_donn: Posted: February 20, 2014 6:43 a.m.

I have to agree with vtown. I feel really bad for David and I hope he recovers soon. There are so many accidents like this every day. People flee and are never caught. Sometimes we panic, but at least did the right thing by turning himself in.

Unreal: Posted: February 20, 2014 8:43 a.m.

Rick54: This was at 6:30 am I don't think a lot of people are out drunk at that time. Maybe a little sleepy.

lars1: Posted: February 20, 2014 9:28 a.m.


ccboy: Posted: February 21, 2014 7:02 a.m.

Unbelievable that people are making excuses for someone who hit another person with their vehicle and left him there to die. I dont care if you are scared, you are a scumbag piece of crap if you hit a person and drive away and leave that person to die. Fortunately the bike rider did survive but it sounds like he has injuries he may never recover from. Thats the problem we are too soft on punishments for criminals and there are too many people who want to make excuses for them.

DMeyer: Posted: February 21, 2014 7:48 a.m.


Thank you for saying it like it is. I'm always amazed that these same posters who are very lenient on the atrocities committed by criminals are the very same ones who are always critical of law enforcement. And that in itself is very telling.

DMeyer: Posted: February 21, 2014 7:54 a.m.

Unreal how was I wrong?

The perp absolutely did commit a crime and the victim absolutely was seriously injured. Those are the facts, not opinions.

ohhyaa: Posted: February 22, 2014 3:38 p.m.

Unreal is always making excuses for bad behavior. She's the poster child for what's wrong with society. I agree with Rick54. Probably went home to sleep off the residual drunkedness from the night before.

missyJk: Posted: February 23, 2014 9:32 p.m.

@ ValenciaR i hope your friends surgery goes well i dont understand when a bicyclist is hit that people start pointing fingers at the bicyclist just like the poor man who was killed by the county truck who claimed the sun was in his eyes..when we are in our few thousand pound cars we need to be even more cognizant to those that are not covered in metal; ie bicyclist, pedestrians, animals, motorcyclists..seems it cost more to go thru a red light camera on a left turn that has a shortened yellow light time than it does to hit someone and flee.. oh wait thats right the cameras bring in revenue more money for another roundabout..and i am referencing to the red light camera article a few days ago that are up for renewal not personal experience

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