DUI Suspect Pleads Guilty in Seal Beach Fatal Crash

A man has pleaded guilty to his role in a DUI crash that left one woman dead in Seal Beach last month. 

My News LA reports that 34-year-old German Juarez of Los Angeles admitted before an Orange County Court that on November 4, he was driving under the influence of alcohol when his vehicle collided with another.

According to documents submitted to the court, the crash happened at approximately 3:40 p.m. near the Leisure World retirement community entrance, located at the intersection of Seal Beach Boulevard and St. Andrews Drive.

Investigators say that Juarez failed to stop at a red light. A breathalyzer test later revealed that he had a blood alcohol of .15% – almost twice the legal limit of .08 percent.

The Seal Beach Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority paramedics responded to the scene. They rushed Juarez, the other driver, and a passenger to an area hospital for treatment.

The other driver, a woman, was pronounced dead by doctors shortly after she arrived at the hospital.

After his release, Juarez was charged with vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, gross negligence, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, and driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood-alcohol level greater than .08 percent.

Juarez pleaded guilty to all the charges and sentencing enhancements applied in the case because he had injured two people.

The judge has scheduled Juarez’s sentencing hearing for February 21 at the West Justice Center in Westminster.

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