ECHO PARK — A drunk driver who was speeding at about 60 miles per hour on surface streets was sentenced to six years in state prison after he crashed into and killed a cyclist on Temple Street last April, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney.
Cruz Tzoc , 23, of Los Angeles, plead no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the death of 26-year-old Tomas Brewer, an aspiring screenwriter from Massachusetts. Tzoc was sentenced on Friday by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Fred Wapner.
Tzoc had been seen driving his truck as fast as 60 miles per hour when he sideswiped a car and struck parked vehicle before going backwards through an intersection, where he hit Brewer. The cyclist was dragged about 25 feet after the collision near Temple Street and N. Burlington Avenue on Saturday, April 23 at about 6:15 p.m.
Tzoc was arrested at the scene.
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