The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department would not comment specifically on Arias’ case, but a spokesperson said releasing inmates early is a result of needing to control the jail population.
Jesus Arias, 38, pleaded no contest to charges that he was driving drunk with his two children in the car when he ran over McNeley, who was crossing the street at Bellflower Boulevard and Harvey Way at about 8 p.m. on March 28, 2019.
John Lakkas, 42, of Oyster Bay, New York, died Monday at a hospital, according to the coroner’s office.
The impact of the crash caused the car to split into two pieces and ejected the passenger, who died at the hospital on Monday.
Authorities say Arias drove off after hitting 29-year-old Kyle McNeley with his Jeep around 8 p.m. on March 28 as McNeley was crossing the street backwards in his wheelchair.
Police said the driver of a stolen Toyota Highlander T-boned a Honda Accord in Fullerton, killing a man who was a passenger in the Honda and critically injuring the driver.
Despite being paralyzed on his right side, Kyle McNeley’s wouldn’t stop seeking out people to be around and to help, his family said.
A 53-year-old motorist was arrested on suspicion of drunk driving after he broadsided a car in Long Beach Saturday night, killing a woman.
A 24-year-old Lakewood man faces multiple charges in connection with a fatal DUI car crash over the weekend that left one of his passengers dead and another wounded.