Wrong way driving is a problem that has been seen since the advent of the motor vehicles and roadways. There are some startling statistics compiled by the National Transportation Safety Board regarding wrong-way collisions. The first statistic is that 78% of all wrong-way collisions take place between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m. An overwhelming number of these wrong-way accidents also occur over the weekend. Another statistic is that at least half and as many as three-quarters of wrong-way driving collisions are caused by intoxicated drivers. Due to their very nature and the fact that many wrong-way accidents are head-on, wrong-way collisions are also more likely to end in serious injury or a fatality.
KTLA reports on a man who was sentenced to four years and four months for a wrong-way collision that killed a motorcyclist.
22-year-old Gabriel Anthony Fajardo, who initially pleaded not guilty to the charges, changed his plea to guilty on June 22nd.
Earlier this month, he was sentenced to four years and four days in state prison on charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI charges. The gross vehicular manslaughter charge is a felony.
The charges stem from a February 4th accident where Fajardo drove his pickup truck northbound in the southbound carpool lanes of the 405 Freeway in Torrance. This is where Fajardo crashed into 57-year-old Nicholas Phillip Mann.
First responders responded to the scene at about 3 a.m. Mann was pronounced dead at the scene of the accident.
Fajardo suffered from minor injuries in the accident and was taken to a hospital for treatment before he was arrested.