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Metro Digest

Local News in Brief : Manslaughter Sentence

February 02, 1988

A drunk driver who struck and killed a 7-year-old boy tying his shoelaces on a South Los Angeles sidewalk has been sentenced to six years and eight months in state prison.

Ascencion Diaz, 31, of Los Angeles also struck young Evellado Gil's pregnant mother, causing her to go into labor and give birth by Caesarean section to a baby girl a short time later.

Diaz's car also struck Gil's 4-year-old brother in the accident last September. Both the younger boy and his mother, Margarita Estino, 38, suffered serious injuries, causing the mother to be confined to a wheelchair, Deputy Dist. Atty. James Brandlin said.

Diaz, who pleaded no contest in November to one count each of vehicular manslaughter and drunk driving, was sentenced by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Aurelio Munoz.

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