Man Sentenced To 8 Years In Prison For 2012 Hit-And-Run Death


Wednesday, June 26th 2013, 5:46 pm
By: News 9


A man who admitted to the hit and run death of an Oklahoma City woman on the southwest side of the metro back in August 2012 was sentenced to eight years in prison on Wednesday.

Salvador Lopez, 30, was arrested on Aug. 23, 2012 for hitting 27-year-old Rusti Bates as she walked across the street near S.W. 29th St. and Lee Ave.

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At the time, court documents showed that Lopez admitted to drinking several beers, and then hitting and killing a woman with his car. A witness near the scene told police he saw Lopez's Saturn hit Bates. The witness called police, followed Lopez and watched as he left the car and ran away.

Police said Lopez also told several witnesses, including his wife, that he'd killed a woman. Officers arrested Lopez on complaints of leaving the scene of a fatal accident, driving without a license, and transporting an open container in the vehicle.

No other details have been released regarding this case.