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Fountain Valley man sentenced to 4 years in prison in hit-and-run that killed marathoner

Fountain Valley man sentenced to 4 years in prison in hit-and-run that killed marathoner
John Motesharrei was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison after pleading guilty last month to felony hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury and misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage. (File Photo)

A Fountain Valley man was sentenced Tuesday to four years in state prison for an August hit-and-run crash that killed an area marathoner near Mile Square Regional Park.

John Motesharrei, 40, pleaded guilty Dec. 5 to felony hit-and-run with permanent and serious injury and misdemeanor hit-and-run with property damage, according to Orange County Superior Court records.

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The crash, which occurred at about 9 p.m. Aug. 23 along Brookhurst Street between Warner and Heil avenues, killed Juan Ramirez Garcia, 48, of Santa Ana.

Orange County running enthusiast Juan Ramirez Garcia, who died in a hit-and-run in August in Fountain Valley, is pictured with friend and running companion Sylvia Mosqueda.
Orange County running enthusiast Juan Ramirez Garcia, who died in a hit-and-run in August in Fountain Valley, is pictured with friend and running companion Sylvia Mosqueda. (Courtesy of Diane Daruty)

Witnesses told officers that Ramirez was jogging when he was hit by a light-colored Ford SUV that fled the scene, police said at the time.

Ramirez typically ran 70 miles a week and completed more than 20 marathons, said Diane Daruty, a board member of the Newport-Mesa Spirit Run, an annual day of races in Newport Beach. He was a star of the Cal Coast Running Club and won the Kaiser Permanente Napa Valley Marathon in 2008.

On Aug. 24, investigators found a white Ford SUV in Westminster that they suspected was involved in the crash. Motesharrei was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and vehicular manslaughter, according to police.

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