Motorist pleads no contest in fatal Highland Park hit-and-run; puppy with chemical burns recovering at Lincoln Heights shelter; 110 Freeway traffic warning

Breed Street Shul, Boyle Heights | Scott Fajack

Breed Street Shul, Boyle Heights | Scott Fajack

MOrning Report

  • A 21-year-old man involved in a fatal Highland Park hit-and-run last June pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter. Police said Alexis Virto was driving about 60 mph – 80 mph when he struck cyclist Jose Luna, speeding away from the scene with Luna on top of the hood of the car. EGP News
  • Officials at the North Central Animal Shelter in Lincoln Heights are optimistic about the prospects for a Chihuahua-mix puppy that was found suffering from major chemical burns to its face and body. ABC7
  • A U.S. vs Mexico soccer match at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena and a Dodgers vs. Mets playoff game at Dodger Stadium are expected to cause heavy traffic on the 110 Arroyo Parkway today.  ABC7

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  1. “Under the negotiated plea deal, additional counts of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content causing injury and hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person are expected to be dismissed.”


    • I don’t understand this either… I’m outraged. Somebody please tell me I’ve misinterpreted this. It sounds like he’s going to get a slap on the wrist when this kind of sociopathic behavior should warrant the death penalty.

    • So that means he’s not going to be charged with actually driving drunk and leaving the scene? Just for the actual murder part? Why? They had this guy dead to rights, drunk with glass in his hair. He’ll do a little time and then come out and do it again. I thought there was at least a facade of aiming for safer streets in this city.

  2. it means he is convicted of vehicular manslaughter, and the other charges they piled on go away. he will be sentenced for the single charge, saves the expense of the trial. not sure how much time one gets for vh, but we will find out on 11/5. state prison means about 1/2 of his sentence will actually be served. not sure how piling on charges and prison time equals safer streets. people don’t think when they drive like maniacs, so it seems that whatever the penalty, people will keep doing this. frightening

    • Ummmm…. piling on prison time equals safer streets because these PSYCHOTIC people are off the streets while they are locked away. But you’re right… rules and punishment don’t work, so let’s just not have any! Seems like a great system.

  3. I’ve lived in Los Angeles long enough such that I cant remember if other cities are as dysfunctional as ours is. Is anything enforced other than expired parking meters? This guy isn’t going to be charged with drunk driving, our mail is getting stolen and nothing is being done about it, there is an epidemic of street tree destruction in NELA and the city won’t do anything to enforce the rules that are in place to protect our street trees, parking enforcement and the police have been instructed not to do anything about people living in campers long term on residential and commercial streets, and how many times have you heard of someone calling the LAPD to report a crime only to be told it is too small of a problem for them to bother with?

  4. Carsmakepeoplestupid

    We need safe streets NOW! Better sidewalks, more bus and bike lanes NOW!

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