A man from Santa Ana, California, got sentenced to ten years in prison for the DUI crash that killed two people. The sentence was read to Vincent Delavega, 31, on Monday, March 2nd.
Delavega had earlier in January pleaded no-contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. A no-contest means that the man neither pleaded guilty nor contested the charge against him, but his record will show that he got convicted of a crime.
Delavega’s tale of woe began on October 28th, 2017, after his actions resulted in the death of Eduardo Goncalves-Lins, 28, of Costa Mesa, and his passenger, Paula Queiroz-Lopes, 24, of Diamond Bar, while driving under the influence.
The accident occurred on the southbound Orange (57) Freeway in Diamond Bar. According to investigators, Goncalves-Lins was driving a 2014 Toyota Corolla south on the freeway when he veered to the right and collided with a parked tow truck.
The crash happened on the right shoulder south of Diamond Bar Boulevard a little after 3 a.m. About one minute later, Delavega’s Toyota Tacoma struck the Corolla, and both deceased persons were thrown onto the freeway.
The two died at the scene, and Delavega suffered fractured ribs and bruises to his chest. When the authorities arrived, they arrested the young man and charged him accordingly.
Driving under the influence of drugs and alcohol is a severe offense under the California Vehicle Code. To convict a person, the court will look at facts of the case, and take into consideration that the driver was intoxicated above the legal limit and that he or she drove a vehicle in that state.