Drunk driver sentenced in death of Echo Park cyclist

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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  1. Seems very lenient to me.

  2. Judge gave him 6 and he will be out in 3. Life aint worth much in the eyes of the LAco DA. What is being done to prevent this from happening again? Oh yea thats right…nothing. We can’t stop people from driving drunk, we can’t stop people from crashing, we can stop people from driving 60mph thru our city, nothing to stop people being killed in public. BULLSHIT. RIP Mr. Brewer

  3. YES! Drunk driving has to be seen as MURDER. If not, the deaths will go on and on and on. If you drive drunk or doped up, you need to be removed from society, perhaps forever.

  4. He accepted a plea bargain to manslaughter. So, this is not a murder case and you can’t expect the sentence of a murder case, although actually manslaughter is a lower level murder, you could call it third degree murder. I believe maximum sentence for manslaughter is eight years. So, six years is a good sentence for the charge, as maximum would call for something to justify going all out. Six years is the longer side of a manslaughter sentence.

    Removed from society forever is a kind of psychotic attitude. As for six years, I challenge anyone to sit in a prison cell for six years and surrounded by other prisoners and then tell me six years is short.

    • Why are you condoning this savage selfish behavior and this lenient sentence? What’s your skin in the game?

      As for six years, I challenge anyone who’s life is now extinct and forced to lie in a graveyard for eternity surrounded by other people murdered by scumbag drunken drivers and tell me six years is long.

      • Google DUI death prison sentence and you’ll see that the average sentence nationally is 2-4 years. Sad, but true.

      • It was not “savage.” And is was not lenient — it was nearly the maximum. And I have no “skin in the trade,” I simply have sanity rather than psychosis. Manslaughter means no intent to kill anyone — that is majorly different from first degree murder where it was planned and intended to kill — you see no difference.

  5. it won’t be 6 years, more like 4.5 or less with 80% time served. Hardly fair punishment considering someone is dead due to this guy’s entitled view that he can drink and drive. Life imprisonment may not fit the crime, but come on, under 5 years in state prison is a cakewalk compared to the suffering of the victim’s loved ones.

    • I challenge you to go take that “cakewalk.” You have zero idea of what you are talking about. Further, it is a “correctional institute,” not an “eye for an eye” institute. You sound like you should go join up with ISIS, you are advocating what they advocate, you’re taiking like a terrorist.

    • Our whole family is suffering.
      Chip Brewer

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