April 23, 2024
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A lady who drove drunk and crashed into one other automobile in Rancho Bernardo, killing the 71-year-old driver of the opposite automotive, was sentenced Wednesday to 10 years in state jail.

Freesia Vargas, 27, pleaded responsible to gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated for crashing into John Atcheson’s automotive on Jan. 6, 2020. The 6:30 p.m. crash occurred on the intersection of Meandro Drive and Rancho Bernardo Street, a couple of mile away from Atcheson’s residence, in line with his relations.

Shortly after the crash, police mentioned Atcheson pulled out in entrance of a 2001 Toyota Tacoma that was headed east on Rancho Bernardo Street and was broadsided.

Vargas was later discovered to be at fault and was charged in September of 2020.

Deputy District Lawyer Cally Brilliant mentioned Vargas had a .15% blood alcohol degree and was on probation for a previous misdemeanor DUI conviction on the time of the crash.

She was initially charged with second-degree homicide and remained out of custody on $250,000 bail by way of a lot of the authorized proceedings that adopted.

Throughout a trial held final yr, jurors voted 7-5 in favor of acquitting her on the homicide depend. She later pleaded responsible to the gross vehicular manslaughter depend and agreed to the 10-year jail time period in alternate for dismissing the homicide depend.

San Diego Superior Court docket Decide Francis Devaney imposed the stipulated 10-year time period and declined a request from Vargas’ protection legal professional to have her obtain credit for the time she spent out of custody whereas geared up with an alcohol-monitoring gadget. Vargas acquired credit score for sooner or later she spent in custody.

Metropolis Information Service contributed to this text.