Rafael Espinoza Moreno, 27, was sentenced to 19 years and 8 months after pleading no contest to charges stemming from the Aug. 14 crash that killed Esmeralda Ramirez of Baldwin Park, prosecutors said.
Ramirez was walking to church with her boyfriend at about 2:30 p.m. when Moreno, who was later found to have a blood-alcohol level nearly twice the legal limit, lost control of the 2005 Jeep Laredo he was driving, travelling onto the sidewalk along Baldwin Park Boulevard near Stewart Street and fatally striking Ramirez, Baldwin Park police Lt. David Reynoso said.
Ramirez was pronounced dead at the scene.
"Alcohol and excessive speed were factors in this collision," Reynoso said. "Moreno had never been issued a California driver’s license but had previously received a citation for driving with no license and speeding. Moreno had also been previously deported and was in the country illegally at the time of the crime."
Moreno fled the crash scene and was found hiding about two blocks away, police said.
"It appears Moreno was in the process of telephoning his family members to pick him up so he can elude arrest," Reynoso said.
The crash occurred on Moreno’s birthday.
Driving under the influence.
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(a) And the person has, within two hours after driving, an alcohol concentration of 0.08 or higher as shown by analysis of the person’s breath or blood made under RCW 46.61.506; or
(b) While the person is under the influence of or affected by intoxicating liquor or any drug; or
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Carmen Iacullo, 58, a regional operations manager for IDOT who has represented the agency at events about safe driving, pleaded guilty at the DuPage County Courthouse to misdemeanor DUI.
As part of his plea, Iacullo was ordered by Judge Liam Brennan to wear an alcohol-monitoring device on his ankle for six months.
He also was sentenced to one year of supervision and ordered to pay a $1,000 fine and attend a victim-impact panel, Wood Dale city prosecutor Demetri Panoushis said. Iacullo was arrested in Wood Dale on Nov. 20.
According to a statement from IDOT, any recurrence "will result in immediate dismissal."
IDOT said it "takes these issues very seriously. Violations by any of its employees will not be tolerated."
The statement said Iacullo would be reassigned "from operations manager for IDOT’s District 1 to administrative duties with access to state vehicles prohibited." But officials would not define what the new administrative duties would be or elaborate further on the statement.
Iacullo was stopped by Wood Dale police just after midnight for improper lane usage. An officer smelled alcohol on Iacullo’s breath, and Iacullo subsequently failed a field sobriety test, according to police. A Breathalyzer test recorded his blood-alcohol level at .098, which is above the legal limit of .08, according to court records.
Prosecutors say Christopher Roman was both drunk and high this past August when he crashed into a car that was stopped on the shoulder of Interstate 5 in Vancouver.
Terra Pina and Angel Pena were both injured in the crash and they lost their child, Gabriel.
"I just remember saying ‘no’ when I saw him coming," the infant’s mother, Terra Pina, said back in August following the crash. "I looked over at Angel and his seat was almost to the dashboard," she added. "I turned around to see if Gabriel was OK and the whole – the whole rear end of the car was pushed up. I started screaming."
Roman, he had a prior DUI conviction. Back in 2006 he pleaded guilty to drunk driving and spent four days in jail.
Dennis Malavasi, 55, of Huntington Beach has been convicted 13 times of driving under the influence. Malavasi was back behind bars this week after he skipped out on a court-ordered treatment program.
Huntington Beach police arrested Malavasi on warrants issued after he checked himself out of the treatment program and disappeared. Malavasi now faces years in prison for a DUI record that veteran Orange County prosecutors called the worst they could remember. Malavasi is the son of the late Los Angeles Rams coach Ray Malavasi.
After a DUI arrest last summer, a judge gave Malavasi six years in state prison, but agreed to put that sentence on hold if Malavasi would complete a one-year substance abuse treatment program.
Malavasi didn’t make it through more than a few months of the court-ordered treatment program before he checked himself out. A judge issued a warrant for his arrest, which Huntington Beach police served on Tuesday afternoon.
Malavasi was being held without bail in the men’s central jail, according to the Orange County Sheriff’s Department. He was scheduled to be arraigned in early January on charges that he violated his probation.
Tony J. Ross faces a felony drunken driving charge after being arrested at 3 a.m. Thursday when officers found him unconscious behind the wheel of a running pickup truck in downtown Boise. Court records say his blood-alcohol level was 0.17, more than twice the limit at which a person is considered legally drunk.
A week earlier, officers arrested Clifford L. Parsons on a felony charge of possession of methamphetamine and a misdemeanor DUI after several citizens complained about a vehicle blocking
traffic at a Boise intersection at 6 p.m. on Dec. 15. Police say Parsons was passed out with his foot on the brake.
Arrested in Stephenson County:
Kyle D. Dornink, 24, of Rock City.
A Mitchell man received a suspended execution of a two-year prison term Tuesday for his fifth driving under the influence conviction — his third in 10 years.
Robert Barnes, 38, was arrested in July.
Judge Sean O’Brien sentenced Barnes to two years in prison, but suspended the execution of the sentence on certain terms.
He must pay a $500 fee; $104 in court costs; $144.50 for a blood test; repay all court-appointed attorney fees; abide by all state, federal and local laws; and he cannot drink alcohol or enter places that primarily sell alcohol and cannot do drugs.
He must submit to drug testing, enroll in and successfully complete any evaluation or after-treatment recommended and attend Alcoholics Anonymous weekly.
A former Stamford teacher given a brief reprieve to spend Christmas with her three young children was sentenced for a second time to 12 years in prison for killing three people in a 2005 drunken driving accident.
Following an appeals process, a decision was released last month by the state Supreme Court that overturned an appeals court ruling and reinstated her 2007 conviction.
With tears in her eyes, Tricia Coccomo, 38, said goodbye to a dozen friends and family in a courtroom as she was led away in handcuffs by judicial marshals late Tuesday morning.
After spending about 20 minutes hugging and crying on the shoulders of friends in the courthouse lobby, Coccomo declined comment moments before she was led into the courtroom by her attorney, Robert Bello.
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Authorities say 38-year-old Tricia Coccomo of Stamford is expected to turn herself in Tuesday after the state Supreme Court last month reinstated her manslaughter and drunken driving convictions.
The Advocate of Stamford reports (http://bit.ly/u7FiT5 ) she originally would have started her sentence before the holidays. However, prosecutors pushed it back after Christmas for her children’s sake.
Coccomo was convicted of causing a 2005 collision that killed three people in Stamford, but the state Appellate Court overturned the convictions in 2009.