Swerved into Oceanside bike lane with stolen Honda

Ten years and deportation for manslaughter

The judge warned Bazan that if he commits a similar act in future, he can be charged with murder.
  • The judge warned Bazan that if he commits a similar act in future, he can be charged with murder.

In court today, Felix Aaron Ruiz Bazan admitted he killed a bicyclist almost a year ago, in a plea deal in which he expects to be sentenced to ten years in prison.

Paul Cornish, 70, came from Wildomar in Riverside County.

Paul Cornish, 70, came from Wildomar in Riverside County.

Bazan, now 26, pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter in the death of 70-year-old Paul Cornish.

Authorities said both men were traveling West on highway 76, and Bazan swerved into the bike lane near the intersection of East Vista Way in Oceanside. The collision happened mid-day, about 11 a.m. on August 31, 2017, and the injured bicyclist was airlifted to Palomar Hospital, where he was declared deceased.

Officials alleged that offender Bazan was driving a Honda sedan that had been stolen the day before, on a suspended license, and under the influence of drugs, at the time of the fatal collision.

Bazan made his plea deal today, August 6, 2018, on the date set for his preliminary hearing, in which details of his alleged crimes would have been made public.

In the deal negotiated by defense attorney Crystal Salumbides, two other felonies that were charged, DUI with injury and stolen vehicle, were dismissed by prosecutor Robert Bruce.

Honorable judge Carlos Armour warned Bazan that “based on his immigration status” he will be deported, and Bazan acknowledged that he understood this. The judge also warned Bazan that if he ever commits a similar act in future, he can be charged with murder.

It appeared that Bazan had three supporters in the gallery; one woman was tearful.

Another woman spectator in the courtroom identified herself as Debora Porter, 69. She said she was the widow of the deceased man and shared a photo of him. The victim, Cornish, was reportedly from Wildomar in neighboring Riverside County.

Deborah Porter said she expects to speak at the sentencing of Bazan. Sentencing is set for 8:30 a.m. on October 3, before the same judge who accepted the plea deal, Honorable Carlos Armour, in San Diego’s North County Superior Courthouse.

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Bazan was driving stolen Honda, driving on a suspended license, and driving under the influence of drugs and he gets 10 years? With good time served he will spend a total of 4 years, maybe. He should have received a minimum of 25 years to life.

When those four years are up, who knows what will be going on with deportations. So, he may or may not be deported, depending upon a whole set of factors.

Sadly as Visduh speculates who knows what deportations policies will be in place when this dirtbag get released. However, even today there are two things we know for certain, the victim will still be dead and his survivors will still be suffering.

Kill someone by any other method, especially with premeditation and life behind bars is certainly in your future. However, do it with a motor vehicle and society somehow excuses 75% of the perpetrator’s punishments. If you criminally take a life, the rest of yours should be spent institutionalized or be forfeited.

If they instituted a policy like that in Chicago, the homicide rate there would plummet and innocent children could have a chance at becoming something other than a horrendous statistic.

I’m just wondering if Rahm Emanuel still believes he should never let a good crisis go to waste. He has an escalating crisis and the blood is all over his hands.

He says that means, it's an opportunity to do things you think you could not do before. Sadly, there’s no new thinking, no leadership, no action by the Mayor as dead bodies pile up in Chicago.

I thought deportation was racist, that the poor immigrants who are only missing a little paperwork should be welcomed and shielded and protected? What do we do when he just strolls back across the border to kill again?

Need to change the sentencing laws to reflect the current reality of criminal aliens. He shoud have been given a 25 year to life sentence but had it suspended and immediate deportation. Any future capture, arrest or known presence in the U.S. in the future would revoke the suspended sentence.

The criminal gets deported and has to return to his country either clean up his act or go to one of their wonderful prisons. Our taxpayers don't have to pay for anymore housing or legal challenges. We need to just get rid of these dirtbags, not house, feed and entertain them.

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