Driver in hit-and-run that killed cyclist gets one year in jail
A driver was convicted and sentenced Monday to a year in jail in a hit-and-run crash that killed a bicyclist in Laguna Beach in 2014.
Laguna resident Dylan Thomas Rand-Luby, 21, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of hit-and-run with injury and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence, according to an Orange County district attorney’s office news release.
Rand-Luby’s sentence also included three years of formal probation.
On June 17, 2014, Rand-Luby was driving a 2005 Toyota Prius northbound on North Coast Highway in the Emerald Bay area when he swerved out of his lane and into the bike lane and struck Laguna resident John Colvin, 55, the district attorney’s office said.
Rand-Luby did not stop, according to the D.A.
Two witnesses contacted 911 and followed Rand-Luby’s car until he pulled over in a school parking lot about a mile away.
Colvin died at the scene from blunt force trauma, according to the D.A. Colvin’s death sparked a group of residents to advocate for cyclists’ safety and better cycling infrastructure in Laguna.
“The loss is so deep and massive it truly is impossible to explain,” Colvin’s wife, Joan Marcus-Colvin, said in a statement during a previous court hearing. “John represented everything that is good in life. To his very core he was kind, loving, gentle, strong, forgiving and empathetic.”
Colvin’s parents, John Colvin Sr. and Mary, added in a letter to the court: “The trauma of our loss is indescribable. Not a day goes by that we don’t think about our wonderful son. They say time heals this wound of loss, we have not felt any healing in the last 15 months. We choose to put one foot in front of the other and keep living.”