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A Canyon Country man arrested in the traffic death of teacher Rob Bennett pleaded no contest today to one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run driving resulting in death, a spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said.

Lucas James Guidroz, 28, appeared Tuesday in San Fernando Superior Court on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person.

“Guidroz pleaded no contest today to one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and hit and run driving resulting in death,” DA spokesman Ricardo Santiago told The Signal.

“He faces 10 years in state prison at sentencing which is scheduled for Nov. 7,” he said.

Deputies had been searching for two days for the driver of the car that hit and killed Roderick Bennett, 53, a math and music teacher at Arroyo Seco Junior High School, on May 25.

Guidroz was arrested by deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station after he turned himself in May 27.

Bennett was riding his bicycle on Placerita Canyon Road late that Wednesday afternoon when he was hit from the rear by a car, whose driver then fled the scene.

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