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New Haven man gets 4 years in hit-and-run death

NEW HAVEN — One year after the car he was driving struck and killed a motorcyclist, a city man has been sentenced to serve four years in prison.

Luis Lala, 28, of Ellsworth Avenue, had pleaded guilty to evading responsibility involving the death of a person: Bobby Sunshine Pinkston, 37, of West Haven.

After Lala entered into the plea agreement, prosecutors dropped the other charges of negligent homicide with a motor vehicle, operating a motor vehicle without a license, operating under the influence of alcohol or drugs and making an improper turn.

Police said Lala’s vehicle collided with Pinkston and his motorcycle at the corner of Whalley and Ellsworth avenues at about 5:30 a.m. on June 29, 2018. Pinkston was taken to Yale New Haven Hospital, where he died.

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