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Vehicular Manslaughter

July 30, 1997 | HOPE HAMASHIGE
Felony vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence charges have been filed against a Costa Mesa teenager who was the driver in a crash that killed one passenger and critically wounded another. Jason Rausch, 18, who was at the wheel of a Chevrolet Blazer that crashed May 23 on a winding stretch of Irvine Boulevard, could face up to six years in state prison if convicted. He was also charged with two misdemeanor counts of reckless driving with gross negligence leading to injury.
April 23, 2014 | By Los Angeles Times staff
A 21-year-old woman who struck a group of cyclists in Boyle Heights while driving intoxicated, leading to the death of one who was dragged several hundred feet by a following car, was sentenced to three years, eight months in prison Tuesday. Wendy Stephanie Villegas pleaded no contest in March to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, leaving the scene of an accident and driving under the influence causing injury in the death of  22-year-old Luis "Andy" Garcia. Prosecutors say Villegas was driving on Sept.
Daniel Jay Bussel, the husband of Los Angeles Police Commissioner Raquelle de la Rocha, was convicted of vehicular manslaughter Friday, nearly a year after he struck two pedestrians in a Van Nuys crosswalk, killing one. Bussel, 40, a UCLA Law School professor, faces a maximum sentence of one year in County Jail, a one-year revocation of his driver's license and a $1,000 fine. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Elizabeth A. Lippitt set sentencing for Monday.
January 2, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz
A 32-year-old woman has turned herself in to authorities after allegedly driving without her lights on and striking and killing a pedestrian in Rosemead. Qingrong Chai, who would have turned 70 on Thursday, was walking near the intersection of Marshall Street and Greendale Avenue at about 7 p.m. Sunday when she was struck by a sport utility vehicle "traveling without its headlights" on, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department. The driver then fled. Chai, who was identified by the Los Angeles County coroner's office, was pronounced dead at the scene.
August 31, 2005 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
A 19-year-old Walnut man was sentenced Tuesday to a year in County Jail after his conviction earlier this month on a charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Prosecutors said Sang Woo Park was speeding when his car struck a curb and hit three light poles and a wall before coming to rest against a fence last September in Rowland Heights, killing passenger Anhuey Ning, 18, of Rowland Heights.
October 15, 1992
A Palmdale man who allegedly caused a fatal crash on Foothill Boulevard on May 20 while fleeing from another accident has been ordered to stand trial for felony vehicular manslaughter. During an Oct. 6 preliminary hearing in Glendale Municipal Court, prosecutors said Allan Buontempo, 38, fled east on Foothill Boulevard after hitting a car at Alta Canyada Avenue. Deputy District Atty.
June 28, 1990
A Glendale man accused of killing a father and his daughter in a traffic collision and fleeing the scene pleaded guilty this week to manslaughter. Jorge Fidel Ayala, 21, pleaded guilty Monday in Pasadena Superior Court to two counts of vehicular manslaughter and one count of felony hit and run in the Jan. 3 accident. He will be sentenced July 27 and faces up to eight years and two months in prison, Deputy Dist. Atty. Tia B. Graves said.
November 6, 2013 | By Alicia Banks
A 23-year-old Gardena woman pleaded not guilty Wednesday to charges in the death of a 60-year-old bicyclist in an alleged hit-and-run in June. Vanessa Marie Yanez appeared at Los Angeles County Superior Court in Torrance and pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter, leaving the scene of an accident and perjury by declaration. Yanez was charged Oct. 30, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. The fatal incident occurred June 26 as Yanez was allegedly driving eastbound on El Segundo Boulevard in Gardena.
August 24, 2013 | By Carla Rivera
A suspect in a fatal hit-and-run crash in Santa Ana turned himself in to police early Saturday and was arrested on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter and other crimes, authorities said. Jorge Ocampo, 21, of Santa Ana surrendered at Santa Ana police headquarters just after midnight and was accompanied by several family members, Cpl. Anthony Bertagna said. Ocampo was booked on suspicion of two counts of vehicular manslaughter, felony hit-and-run and being an unlicensed driver, Bertagna said.
August 1, 2013 | By Tina Susman
Family members, friends, and her badly injured fiance attended the funeral Thursday of a young woman who was mourned in the same church where she was to have been married this month, before a boat crash on the Hudson River killed her and the would-be best man. Lindsey Stewart, 30, was out with close friends, including fiance Brian Bond, on Friday night when the speedboat they were traveling in slammed into a barge near the Tappan Zee Bridge, about...
June 12, 2013 | By Emily Foxhall
The man who was killed in a crash on Clybourn Avenue was identified Wednesday as Walter Santos, 36, of  North Hills. Santos was standing behind his van and putting on a pair of shoes Tuesday when he was hit and killed by 22-year-old Patrick Sage , who was driving a 2003 Ford Focus, according to authorities. Sage tried to leave but was detained by witnesses, authorities said. Originally, the crash was said to have occurred in North Hollywood, but on Wednesday, authorities said  it occurred in Sun Valley.
June 2, 2013 | By Victoria Kim
A motorist accused of causing a fatal four-car crash while fleeing police has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, authorities said Sunday. Officers attempted to stop Jose Arrellano, 20, for reckless driving Saturday afternoon when he drove off, according to officer Norma Eisenman of the Los Angeles Police Department. Police said officers briefly lost sight of his Chevy Suburban it rammed into three cars at an intersection in El Sereno. The collision killed 23-year-old Julio Cesar Reyes-Salvador of Los Angeles, whose car was crushed from the impact.
June 1, 2013 | By Rosanna Xia
A suspected 22-year-old drunk driver triggered a multi-vehicle crash on the 710 Freeway in Long Beach early Saturday that killed one person and injured four others, authorities said. The crash occurred about 12:50 a.m. in the northbound lanes of the freeway, just south of the 91 Freeway overcrossing, said California Highway Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs. Maria Guadalupe Vargas, who was driving a 1988 Chrysler, apparently failed to stop and crashed into a 2005 Toyota, which slammed into another vehicle that in turn hit a big-rig truck, according to a statement by the CHP. Vargas, of Wilmington, suffered major injuries and was transported to Long Beach Memorial Hospital, officials said.
April 14, 2013 | By Lauren Williams
A motorist pleaded guilty Friday to accidentally hitting and killing a Newport Beach doctor as she bicycled with her husband along Newport Coast, court records show. Michael Jason Lopez, 40, of Anaheim admitted in Orange County Superior Court in Santa Ana to one felony count of injury hit and run and one misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence. He was sentenced to four years in prison and one year in county jail. Catherine "Kit" Campion Ritz, 57, of Irvine died in the Sept.
April 12, 2013 | By Rick Rojas
An Orange County man was convicted and sentenced Friday to five years in state prison for killing a doctor who was riding her bicycle in Newport Beach and then fleeing the scene, prosecutors said. Michael Jason Lopez, 40, pleaded guilty to a court offer of one felony count of hit-and-run causing death and a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, according to a statement from the Orange County district attorney's office. A previous conviction of residential burglary in 1993 was considered during the sentence, prosecutors said.
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