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Retiree, 72, killed in hit-and-run while on walk; suspect held

September 22, 2011 |  8:25 am

Photo: Raul Quintanilla. Credit: DMV / KTLA-TV A La Mirada man was in custody Thursday, charged in the hit-and-run death of a 72-year-old retiree taking a morning walk.

Geoffrey M. Rocha, 27, turned himself in Tuesday to L.A. County sheriff’s deputies.

Rocha was driving south in his Chevrolet Malibu on Santa Gertrudes Avenue near Olive Branch Drive in La Mirada about 4:30 a.m. Tuesday when he struck a man walking across the street, according to a Sheriff’s Department report.

Rocha then allegedly fled the scene without helping the victim, who was later pronounced dead.

Coroner's officials identified the pedestrian as Raul Quintanilla, 72, of La Mirada.

About an hour after the accident, deputies discovered the damaged car more than a mile away.

That afternoon, Rocha turned himself in at the Norwalk sheriff’s station. He was charged with vehicular manslaughter and held in lieu of $1-million bail, according to the report.

Quintanilla, the father of two, had retired from a job as kitchen supervisor at the Orange County Jail several years ago, said his wife, Elida.

"He took a walk every morning and afternoon," she said. "When he retired, he started walking to g  et exercise."


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Photo: Raul Quintanilla. Credit: DMV / KTLA-TV