- Associated Press - Thursday, October 2, 2014

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A driver who allegedly hit and killed a 101-year-old man who was crossing an East Los Angeles street has been charged with vehicular manslaughter.

Prosecutors say Ricardo Avalos was charged Thursday with the misdemeanor and with felony hit-and-run driving. He could face up to four years in prison if convicted.

Avalos remains jailed and it’s not immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

Authorities say around 6 a.m. Wednesday, a van driven by Avalos struck Jose Noriega as the 101-year-old man was in a crosswalk in Boyle Heights. Noriega died at a hospital.

Prosecutors say the van then drove off but a motorist who saw the accident followed and cut it off. A second motorist then took the driver’s keys.



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