Man Sentenced to 30-Year-to-Life Prison Term for Deadly Hit-and-Run Crash

LANCASTER (CNS) – A man convicted in a hit-and-run crash in Palmdale that killed a teenage boy and an 18-year-old man last year was sentenced Friday to 30 years to life in state prison.

William Alexander Marquez, now 36, was convicted May 16 of two counts each of murder, gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run, according to Ricardo Santiago with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Albert Cruz, 17, and Sergio Martinez, 18, died at the scene of the Jan. 30, 2021, crash, which occurred near 10th Street West and Avenue O-8.

Two other people were hurt, but declined to be transported to an area hospital, according to the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

Marquez was speeding away from a crash at Rancho Vista Boulevard and 10th Street West when he crashed into a vehicle carrying the fatally injured victims, then fled on foot, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s Detective Danielle Day.

Marquez — who had publicly been named as the suspect — surrendered in early February 2021, according to the detective, who said the victims were “great kids, and it shows in how many people wanted to help” by sending in tips to help detectives identify and locate the driver.

Marquez was initially released on $50,000 bond the day of his arrest. He was subsequently taken into custody again in March 2021 after the charges were filed, and he has remained behind bars since then, jail records show.

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