SANTA ANA — A 49-year-old Santa Ana man pleaded guilty Monday and was immediately sentenced to a year in jail for a collision that killed a homeless wheelchair-bound victim.

Lucio Luna pleaded guilty to a felony count of hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury. A misdemeanor count of driving without a valid driver’s license was dismissed, according to court records.

Luna was also ordered to be placed on five years probation.

Luna crashed into 61-year-old Peter Finocchi at First and Townsend streets about 10:35 p.m. on June 28, 2019, Santa Ana Police Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said.

Finocchi was crossing First Street in a crosswalk, Bertagna said.

The driver kept going, but a resident called police the next day to report a suspicious vehicle, which investigators determined was involved in the crash, Bertagna said. Further investigation led police to Luna.

Finocchi was rushed to a hospital in extremely critical condition and was pronounced dead at 9:25 a.m. July 11, 2019, according to Carrie Braun of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.


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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