In California, a drunk driver who kills another person in an accident may be charged with vehicular manslaughter. The charge may go one of two ways. There is negligent vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, which may be either a felony or a misdemeanor. The second charge is gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. This is charged when the driver was engaging in another unlawful act such as speeding or driving recklessly. The second charge is the more serious of the two and has a possible sentence of up to 10 years in prison. In addition, a person could face penalties associated with the DUI, such as having to surrender their license.
Hometown Station reports on a woman expected to serve 10 years after a DUI crash that killed a mother of six.
Alexia Cina’s attorney entered a plea of no contest to the crime of vehicular manslaughter on June 25th.
Cina entered the no contest plea in exchange for all other charges against her being dropped. The charges that were dropped included a felony charge of murder and a felony count of driving under the influence causing injury.
The charges stem from an accident that occurred on October 6, 2017. On the night of the accident, Cina had a blood-alcohol content of .21%, more than twice the legal limit. She struck and killed Katie Evans, a mother of six who was driving home from visiting her twin daughters in the hospital.
Cina is due back in court on July 6th for an official sentencing hearing, but it is likely that Cina will serve 10 years.