My News L.A. recently reported that an 86-year-old man who was allegedly responsible for the death of a pedestrian and the injury of another was convicted of the charge of murder on Wednesday in a Riverside County Superior Court.
The defendant, LeRoy Silve of Palm Springs, was accused of being under the influence of alcohol and then attempting to flee the scene in a crash that happened on July 27, 2019.
On that day, at approximately 7:50 p.m, two women were crossing the street at the Agua Caliente Casino in Palm Springs when Silva struck them with his dark-colored sedan.
After the collision, Silva then left the scene of the crash. The original charges were two counts of hit and run. However, after one of the two women Silva struck died in August of 2019, the charge was upgraded to murder.
Court documents indicate that an Indio jury convicted Silva of the charge of murder, two counts of hit-and-run causing great bodily harm or death, DUI causing bodily injury, DUI with a blood alcohol level greater than 0.08 percent,
Riverside County Superior Court Judge Dale Wells has set the sentencing date in the case for October 8, 2021.
Due to the seriousness of his convictions, Silva could be facing a sentence of up to 23 years to life in California State Prison.