A 25-year-old Modesto man has been sentenced to 12 years in prison for getting drunk and crashing his vehicle, which killed a 58-year-old Ceres woman and seriously injured her daughter.
Victor Velasquez on Dec. 8 pleaded no contest to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, with gross negligence, according to Deputy District Attorney Anthony Colacito, who prosecuted the case. His job is funded by a grant from the state Office of Traffic Safety.
The California Highway Patrol has said Velasquez was drunk when his vehicle hit two other vehicles a few miles southwest of Modesto, killing Amparo Sandoval. The crash occurred about 8:30 p.m. May 3 at Carpenter Road and Whitmore Avenue.
The defendant had a 0.17 percent blood alcohol level, more than twice the legal limit. Prosecutors said Velasquez admitted he also ingested cocaine before driving that night.
The felony conviction includes enhancements of leaving the crash site before authorities arrived and causing great bodily injury to Ana Melendez, who was driving the vehicle in which Sandoval was riding. Melendez is Sandoval’s daughter.
The CHP said Sandoval was a passenger in a Volkswagen Passat that was stopped at a stop sign when Velasquez’s vehicle failed to stop and slammed into it from behind at high speed.
Melendez, 26, of Ceres suffered major injuries and was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto. She was paralyzed as a result of the crash.