A 59-year-old parolee was behind bars Monday on suspicion of driving under the influence and causing a collision that killed a 12-year-old boy in Costa Mesa.

Richard Lavalle of Long Beach is being held without bail, according to jail records.

The collision happened just before 6 p.m. Sunday at Junipero Drive and Arlington Drive, according to police.

Noel Bascon and his father were riding their bikes when the boy was struck by a pickup truck that went through a stop sign while eastbound on Arlington, police said.

A passerby attempted CPR on the boy, and officers arrived and continued life-saving measures, but he died later at a hospital.

Lavalle was arrested at the scene, and Lee Anna Diaz Murphy, 56, of Artesia, who was in the passenger seat, was booked on suspicion of possession of controlled substances and unlawful drug paraphernalia, police said.


By Richard Moran

Richard Moran loves to write about sports with the Golden State Online. Before that, he worked as a senior writer at ESPN. Richard grew up in San Diego and graduated from the University of San Diego in 2004, after which he worked as an editor for five years.

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