ORANGE COUNTY DISTRICT ATTORNEY NEWS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Case # 17CF0363
Date: December 11, 2017
SANTA ANA, Calif. – A woman pleaded guilty and was sentenced today to three years in state prison for fatally hitting a pedestrian, fleeing the scene, committing insurance fraud, and falsely reporting the vehicle damage as vandalism to her insurance company and police.
Defendant: Belen Guadalupe Sicairos, 24, Santa Ana
Pleaded guilty today to the following counts:
- Hit-and-run causing death
- Insurance fraud through a written claim
Sentence: Three years in state prison
Circumstances of the Case
- At approximately 2:00 a.m. on Nov. 29, 2015, Sicairos was driving westbound on First Street in Santa Ana and struck 35-year-old Jorge Luis Lopez-Lobato as he was crossing the street.
Sicairos drove away from the scene without stopping the vehicle to render aid or assistance to the victim.
- Witnesses at the scene called 911 and officers from the Santa Ana Police Department (SAPD) responded to investigate the hit-and-run. Lopez-Lobato was pronounced dead at the scene.
- Later that day, Sicairos filed an insurance claim with Alliance United Insurance Company (Alliance United) for vandalism on her vehicle.
- The defendant reported that her vehicle was parked near 17th Street in Santa Ana and that she had found the vehicle with damage to the driver’s side and windshield area at around 2:30 a.m.
- Sicairos filed a police report with SAPD on Dec. 2, 2015, claiming her vehicle had been vandalized while parked.
- During Alliance United’s investigation of the insurance claim, Sicairos submitted a notarized Affidavit of Loss claiming vandalism was the reason for the damage to her vehicle.
- After seeing media coverage seeking additional information about the fatal hit-and-run, a witness reported a vehicle matching the description of the vehicle involved was located at an auto body shop in San Bernardino County.
- At the sentencing today, the victim’s sisters were present and delivered victim impact statements to the Court pursuant to Marsy’s Law. Sandra Lopez-Lobato stated, “The loss caused a very deep pain to my parents, to all of us… This is a pain that they have not gotten over and I know they will never get over it.” Gabriela Lopez-Lobato, stated, “I hope she [Sicairos] has a conscience and does not do this again.”
Prosecutor: Senior Deputy District Attorney Eya Garcia, Auto Insurance Fraud Unit
TONY RACKAUCKAS, District Attorney
Susan Kang Schroeder, Chief of Staff
Michelle Van Der Linden,Spokesperson