Man hits motorcyclist with car, flees on foot

Authorities say a heartless driver who plowed into a motorcyclist and said “No” when the victim begged for help is an unlicensed illegal immigrant.

Eric Olvera Nieto, 21, allegedly struck the motorcyclist, who was stopped at a red light, in a horrific crash in Menlo Park on Monday, police said.

The victim survived the 5:50 a.m. wreck but suffered several fractured vertebrae, they said. Nieto was allegedly driving at high speed when striking the motorcyclist, who was thrown onto the car’s hood and then onto the concrete, according to San Mateo County prosecutors.

Nieto allegedly stopped, got out of his vehicle and walked up to the victim. The victim asked for help, and Nieto said “no” and fled on foot, prosecutors said.

Cops said they later found Nieto at his girlfriend’s home in Ripon.

The “suspect fled because he is illegally in the U.S. and an unlicensed driver,” prosecutors said.

Nieto pleaded not guilty to the felony charges Wednesday. The case was set for preliminary hearing on Oct. 19. Bail was set at $50,000 and Nieto remains in custody, police said.

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