April 23, 2024
The wreckage of the Honda after the deadly crash. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A drunken driver who drove the fallacious method on state Route 52 close to Kearny Mesa and crashed head-on into one other car, killing that motorist, was sentenced at present to 6 years in state jail.

Maricela Diaz, 24, pleaded responsible to gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated and different fees for the Aug. 26, 2022 crash that killed 49-year-old El Cajon resident Roberto Sanchez.

In keeping with the California Freeway Patrol, Diaz’s pickup truck was heading eastbound when it crashed into the sufferer’s westbound automotive simply after 2:30 a.m.

Deputy District Lawyer Laura Evans, who argued for a sentence of 10 years on Tuesday, stated Diaz was driving with a blood-alcohol content material of round 3 times the authorized driving restrict and in addition had cocaine in her system.

The prosecutor stated Diaz left a bar and obtained behind the wheel, drove onto a freeway the fallacious method, exited and re-entered the freeway whereas nonetheless driving the fallacious path.

In courtroom, Diaz advised Sanchez’s household, “Final 12 months on Aug. 26, I made essentially the most egocentric and inconsiderate determination of my life. Not a day goes by that I haven’t thought in regards to the ache I’ve inflicted upon your loved ones and the way I want I may take all of it again.”

Amongst Sanchez’s relations who attended the sentencing listening to was his fiancee, Liliana Flores. She stated they had been set to get married final September, not lengthy after Sanchez was killed.

   “I misplaced the love of my life,” Flores stated. “All the pieces modified for
me after I discovered what had occurred to my Roberto. For a second, I didn’t
consider it. I believed it was all a nightmare. That he was going to return like
at all times. As of at present, I nonetheless really feel that he’s going to enter via that door
and inform me that all the things will likely be wonderful, as he has at all times advised me.”