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Man sentenced after killing bicyclist in DUI accident on American River bike path

Prosecutors say he hit the bicyclist and kept driving until his car stopped from the damage.
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SACRAMENTO, Calif. — A man who hit and killed a bicyclist in summer 2021 is headed to prison.

According to the Sacramento County District Attorney’s Office, Armando Moreno-Rodriguez was sentenced to 16 years to life in prison.

His sentence comes after his March 20 jury trial where he was found guilty of second-degree murder in the death of Michael Dodson, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, hit-and-run and driving on a suspended license.

According to the district attorney’s office, Moreno-Rodriguez had three prior misdemeanor convictions for DUI at the time of the crash and was given a Watson advisement. They are generally required when you’re convicted of DUI in California, and it basically creates a legal record with the offender saying they’re aware of the dangers of DUI.


Moreno-Rodriguez drove through a main gate and onto the American River bike path in June 2021.

He went about four miles at 35 mph before hitting Dodson, who was a member of the Sacramento Wheelman.

Prosecutors say Moreno-Rodriguez kept driving until his car stopped from the damage. His BAC was .27 at the time of the collision.

Dodson suffered major injuries and died the following month.

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