KTLA reports that an alleged DUI driver has been ordered to stand trial in the case of an alleged DUI crash that killed a man and his 1-year-old daughter.
26-year-old Hans. T Guloy has been ordered to stand trial on six felony counts, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury, driving with a 0.08% blood-alcohol level, and hit-and-run resulting in death or serious injury.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on the 60 Freeway near the 57 Freeway interchange overnight on November 27, 2017. Guloy was allegedly behind the wheel while intoxicated when he crashed into a vehicle carrying three small children and their parents.
The victim’s vehicle then hit the center divider, where the disabled vehicle was then struck by another vehicle. 29-year-old Abraham Franco and his 1-year-old daughter Abby were fatally injured in the accident.
Five other people, including the baby’s mother, a 9-year-old male, and three other adults were also injured.
Guloy allegedly fled the scene and later told authorities that his vehicle had been stolen.
If convicted on all counts, he faces up to 22 years in prison.
The difference between gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is more than just whether the charge is a felony or a misdemeanor. A gross vehicular manslaughter charge basically means that the driver, while intoxicated, also acted with gross negligence.
“Gross negligence” means that the driver broke another of California’s traffic laws and acted in a way that they knew may put other lives in danger. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is always a felony charge and can be punished by 2, 4, or 6 years in prison.