A 38-year-old woman was charged on Jan. 28 with fatally hitting a pedestrian with her vehicle while she was allegedly texting and driving, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
Rosario Maximilia Valdezinda, of East Hollywood, faces one felony count of vehicular manslaughter. On Jan. 23, Valdezinda allegedly was texting on her smartphone while driving on Sixth Street near Grand View Street, prosecutors said. She is accused of hitting Yong Do Kim, 65, with her SUV as he was walking in a crosswalk. The victim later died.
Valdezinda faces a maximum sentence of six years in state prison. The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department’s Central Traffic Division. Anyone with information is urged to call (213)833-3746. During weekends and off-hours, call the LAPD’s hotline at (877)LAPD247.
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