Oxnard Man Sentenced For Hit-And-Run Death Of Teen Bicyclist

Tuesday May 10, 2022

     Updated--An Oxnard man who had been charged with murder in what the authorities described as a fatal DUI hit and run traffic collision that claimed the life of a teenage boy will spend less than 9 years in state prison after being allowed to plead guilty to the lesser charge of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

     He also admitted special allegations of fleeing the scene of the crimes and committing a crime that involved great violence and was a serious felony.

     Prosecutors say that 39-year-old Julio Cesar Sanchez killed 16-year-old bicyclist Andres Hernandez of Port Hueneme on the night of September 30th of last year. 

     The collision happened on Hemlock Street east of “N” Street in Oxnard.

     Police said that Hernandez was riding his bicycle westbound on Hemlock when a vehicle struck him from behind.

     He was ejected and later died at VCMC.

     Police say that Sanchez fled the scene but his abandoned vehicle was found a short time later and a short distance away at Hemlock and Patterson.

     The next day he was located and arrested.

     Sanchez was originally facing second degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with prior DUI convictions, but all of those charges were dismissed by the judge in a plea deal with prosecutors.