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Norwalk driver gets 6 years for DUI that killed Anaheim pedestrian

A 39-year-old Norwalk man pleaded guilty Friday and was immediately sentenced to six years in prison for an alcohol-fueled crash that killed a pedestrian in Anaheim.

Officers who responded to the intersection of Harbor Boulevard and Katella Avenue about 1:15 a.m. Jan. 6 found the victim, Uriel Hernandez Gonzalez, who was wearing a security guard uniform, down in a marked crosswalk.

A white Astro van driven by Moises Lopez Santiago was located about a block away, crashed head-on into a palm tree in front of the Islander Inn and Suites at 424 W. Katella Ave., said Anaheim Police Department Sgt. Jacob Gallacher.

Santiago drove through a red light before striking the victim, who was walking southbound in a crosswalk on Harbor Boulevard and was “thrown quite a distance,” Gallacher said.

Santiago pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a blood-alcohol level exceeding the legal limit or more causing injury, all felonies.

Santiago admitted sentencing enhancements for inflicting great bodily injury. He accepted a plea deal from Orange County Superior Court Judge Gassia Apkarian.

Santiago was given credit for 664 days behind bars.

 


Source: Orange County Register

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