Central Bakersfield

3 years in prison for hit-and-run driver in deadly motorcycle crash

3 years in prison for hit-and-run driver in deadly motorcycle crash
Jose Arreyque-Andrade talks Wednesday, Aug. 1, 2012, from Kern County jail about his role in a hit-and-run crash that killed a 22-year-old man.

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. (KBAK/KBFX) — A man was sentenced Monday in Kern County court to three years in prison for a hit-and-run crash that killed a motorcycle rider last summer.

Jose Raul Arreygue-Andrade, 57 at the time, collided with 22-year-old Mynor Adolfo Canchan-Barrios on Jul 31, 2012, on Chester Avenue between Brundage Lane and 2nd Street.

Arreygue-Andrade gave a jailhouse interview to Eyewitness News shortly after his arrest, saying he fled the scene out of fright.

"I didn't see him, and he hit the back of my car, and that's it, and I left because I got afraid, I got scared," said Arreygue-Andrade.

He told Eyewitness News at the time that he felt sorrow for the young man's death. "Last night, I start crying when the sergeant told me the guy pass away, I feel bad for the family, too," Arreygue-Andrade said.

Arreygue-Andrade pleaded no contest in May to one felony count of hit-and-run with death or permanent serious injury, guilty to a misdemeanor charge of vehicle manslaughter nonalcohol and nongross negligence, and guilty to a misdemeanor count of driving with a suspended license.