Woman given probation in fatal bicycle accident

According to court documents, a woman who pled not guilty to all charges brought against her in a hit-and-run accident that killed a bicyclist received a two-year probationary period.

After pleading no guilty to four felonies and a misdemeanour charged in connection with the collision that claimed the life of 46-year-old Maximiliano Guerrero, Edith Mata was sentenced on Thursday.

On the evening of September 7, 2019, Guerrero was struck on Kentucky Street and Gage Street. He was struck by a second vehicle while he was lying on the road, but the driver stayed at the site and assisted with the inquiry.

According to court documents, Mata reported her silver Kia Rio had been stolen to the Kern County Sheriff’s Office the day after the collision, according to an anonymous caller who spoke to authorities six months later.

When Bakersfield police investigators saw the sheriff’s office’s images of the recovered car, they noticed that it was missing parts that were similar to those discovered at the crash scene.

Additionally, a search warrant was acquired for Mata’s mobile data.

The evidence was presented to Mata by the investigators.

Investigator: “Edith Mata confessed to being the motorist, striking the bicyclist, and fled the scene.”

According to documents, Mata claimed that she was not impaired when the collision occurred and that she had driven away out of fear.

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