A Los Angeles man who pleaded guilty to assaulting a pedestrian while riding his bicycle in Santa Monica has been sentenced to three years formal felony probation and 30 days of community service, police said.
Rocky Martin was riding his bicycle eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard at the Third Street Promenade on June 24, 2012, when police say he failed to stop for a red light and struck a pedestrian who was in the crosswalk.
The pedestrian received serious injuries in the collision, Sgt. Richard Lewis said.
Lewis noted that the Santa Monica Police Department is committed to educating the public on traffic safety and enforcing traffic violations. During the months of April and May, motor officers issued 86 citations to bicyclists for violations that ranged from riding on the sidewalk to failing to yield for traffic signals, Lewis said.
To address poor driving behaviors, the Santa Monica Police Department focuses on specific violations. For the months of July through September, the police department will focus on bicycle violations, Lewis said.
Information, Sgt. Phillbo Rubish with the Santa Monica Police Department’s Traffic Section at (310) 458-8950, or Lt. Jay Trisler at (310) 458-8471.