Glendora Woman Accused of Vehicular Manslaughter Pleads Not Guilty

Photo courtesy of the West Covina Police Department.

The 25-year-old Glendora woman accused of a DUI hit and run that killed a bicyclist in West Covina October 29 pleaded not guilty Wednesday.

Presley Rodriguez made an appearance at the Pomona Courthouse and faced one charge of gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of the 44-year-old La Puente man, prosecutors said.

Both the bicyclist and Rodriguez were northbound in the 1100 block South Valinda Avenue around 11:49 p.m. when Rodriguez allegedly struck the man in the No. 2 lane. A West Covina police officer heard the crash and searched the area, finding the victim down in the street, police said in a written statement.

The rider, identified as Jose Ruiz-Villanueva, was pronounced dead at the scene.

Rodriguez faces a possible maximum of 15 years in prison if convicted, prosecutors said.

Rodriguez is scheduled for a pre-preliminary hearing in Pomona February 2.