In California, an accident involving a DUI is treated more seriously than just a regular DUI with no accident involved. This is particularly true if someone is killed in the accident. There are three charges that a driver may face in this case. The first is vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The second charge is gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. The third and rarest charge is second-degree murder. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is a charge that has a potential sentence of four, six, or ten years in state prison. It is also a felony charge which will mean that the driver will now have a felony record, which can have far-reaching consequences, affecting rights and future employment.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that a Santa Ana man has been sentenced to 10 years in state prison for a fatal accident in Diamond Bar.
On Monday, March 2nd, 2020, 31-year-old Vincent Delavega was sentenced to ten years in state prison. The sentence came from a no contest plea in January involving an October 28, 2017 car crash.
In the crash, 28-year-old Eduardo Goncalves-Lins was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla when he crashed into the back of a tow truck after veering to the right. Delavega then crashed into the back of the Corolla. Both the driver and the passenger of Delavega’s vehicle were thrown into the roadway.
Delavega was arrested at the scene and suffered from fractured ribs. In January, Delavega pleaded guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.