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Glendale woman charged with vehicular manslaughter in death of bicyclist

May 14, 2010 |  7:09 am

In September 2008, Gerardo Ramos was struck by a car while riding his bike in Glendale.

Despite concerns at the time that he had only hours to live, he died of his injuries 13 months later.

Now prosecutors have charged a 48-year-old woman Thursday in his death.

Naira Margaryan of Glendale was charged with one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter in the death of Ramos, said Jane Robison, a spokeswoman of the Los Angeles County district attorney’s office.

Margaryan was scheduled to be arraigned Thursday in Glendale Superior Court, but the hearing was moved to June 2, court officials said.

Ramos, 51, had been riding his bicycle on a sidewalk on North Concord Street at about 6:46 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2008, heading to work at a steel company on State Street, Glendale Police Det. Ashraf Mankarios said.

Riding a bicycle on a sidewalk violates California vehicles codes, he said.

As he approached Milford Street, Margaryan, who was driving a Mercedes Benz, allegedly ran through a stop sign and struck him, he said.

Ramos’ head hit the windshield of the Mercedes, then Margaryan braked and he flew off the car and landed on the ground, Mankarios said.

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-- Veronica Rocha, Glendale News-Press