Unlicensed DUI Motorist Pleads Guilty to Gross Manslaughter Charge

According to a story appearing on the MyNewsLA website, on Tuesday, 24-year-old Byron Alexa Cifuentes Saucedo pleaded guilty to the charges of DUI Vehicular Manslaughter and the sentence enhancement of fleeing the scene of a crime.

According to documents submitted to the court by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department, Saucedo was driving his 2010 Nissan Altima eastbound on Filagree Avenue at approximately 6:40 p.m. when he blew through a traffic signal at the intersection of Filagree and Perris Avenue.

The victim in the crash was traveling southbound on Perris Avenue aboard her Kawasaki Ninja 650 when she collided with the driver’s side of Saucedo’s vehicle. The impact caused the victim to be ejected from her motorcycle and onto the pavement. 

Saucedo attempted to flee the scene but was detained by witnesses until law enforcement officers arrived.

Paramedics responded to the crash and declared the motorcyclist dead at the scene.

Riverside Sheriff’s Department deputies arrested Saucedo at the scene and charged him with DUI, attempting to flee the scene, and driving without a license.

Saucedo’s admission to the charge of DUI manslaughter comes as part of a plea agreement reached with the Riverside County District Attorney’s Office in which the charge of driving without a license was dropped.

The plea agreement is expected to be certified by Superior Court Judge Charles Koosedat Saucedo’s sentencing hearing. The hearing has been scheduled at the Riverside Hall of Justice on January 26, 2023.

Saucedo was released on his own recognizance. 

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