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Bicyclist Sentenced Following Crash With Pedestrian At Third Street Promenade:

A bicyclist who slammed into a pedestrian at the Third Street Promenade in June 2012 causing serious injuries was sentenced May 31 to three years formal felony probation and 30 days of community service.

Los Angeles resident Rocky Martin was sentenced after pleading guilty to assault with a deadly weapon relating to the incident on June 24, 2012.

SMPD Sgt. Richard Lewis said Martin was riding his bicycle eastbound on Santa Monica Boulevard at the Third Street Promenade.

“He failed to stop for a red light and struck a pedestrian that was in the crosswalk,” Lewis said. “The collision resulted in the pedestrian receiving serious injuries.”

Lewis said the SMPD 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,” he said.

For the months of July through September, the police department will focus on bicycle violations, Lewis said.

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