ALLENTOWN, Pa. — The Lehigh County District Attorney says a 32-year-old man pleaded guilty in a 2021 accident that claimed the lives of a woman and a one-year-old child in Allentown.
Lazarus Roldan pleaded guilty on Tuesday to two counts each of vehicular homicide and two counts each of aggravated vehicular assault, all third-degree felonies, as well as accidents resulting in death while leaving the scene, a second-degree felony, according to a press release from the district attorney’s office.
Roldan is due to be sentenced on September 1.
At approximately 2:44 a.m. on January 1, Allentown police were called to an accident at South 8th Street and Public Road. Officers found the wreckage of two vehicles, a BMW and a Trailblazer, the prosecutor’s office said. There were four occupants in the BMW, including 22-year-old Kisha Cora and 1-year-old Aechediel Omar Rivera Cora. Both were later pronounced dead from multiple blunt force trauma and their deaths were ruled accidental by the Lehigh County Coroner’s Office.
An investigation found that the BMW was traveling north on South 8th Street and the Trailblazer was traveling south on that same street, according to the prosecutor’s office.
The prosecutor’s office says the Trailblazer lost control and entered the northbound lane, striking the driver’s side of the BMW.
An off-duty state trooper came across the accident shortly after it happened and spoke briefly with the driver of the Trailblazer whom he identified as Roldan, who then fled, the prosecutor’s office said.