In California, additional charges related to the same DUI can be piled on top of one another, meaning harsh sentences. For example, if several people are killed or injured in the accident, you may face a term in prison for each person. Depending on the severity of the injuries, a DUI causing injury can be a felony. A DUI that accidentally kills someone can likewise be a felony or a misdemeanor, depending on the circumstances. A person can face up to fifteen years in prison for charges like DUI causing bodily injury and DUI manslaughter.
The Californian reports on the discovery of remains that have been identified as related to a 2017 crash.
Nicanor De Jesus Sanchez was arrested after crashing a car through a road closure gate at the Elm Avenue Bridge. His car spun out and hit three pedestrians who were on the bridge. The incident occurred on February 11, 2017.
The three pedestrians were caught between Sanchez’s vehicle and violently thrown in the river. Two of the pedestrians were able to climb out from a river, but a third was lost.
At the time of the crash, Sanchez had a blood-alcohol content of 0.23%. nearly three times the legal limit.
Authorities recently released that remains found were identified using dental records as Julian Lopez, 33. The remains were found roughly a mile north of the accident site by a conservationist who had been working in the riverbed.
In June, Sanchez pled guilty to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and causing great bodily injury while driving under the influence.
On August 21st, Sanchez was sentenced to a prison sentence of 12 years and 8 months.