LOS ANGELES, CALIF. — 01/21/2016 — A 25-year-old man was sentenced today to 20 years to life, in the California state prison, for driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing into another vehicle, resulting in the death of an elderly woman, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.
On Oct. 22, 2015, a jury found defendant Juan Gabriel Rios guilty of five felonies in case KA108315: second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a .08% blood-alcohol content causing injury and hit and run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person.
Jurors also found true a special allegation that the defendant personally inflicted great bodily injury during the commission of the crime.
Deputy District Attorney Lauren Guber, who prosecuted the case, said in the late evening of Nov. 7, 2014, Rios was driving under the influence of alcohol when he attempted to enter the 10 Freeway and crashed into another vehicle near the Rosemead exit.
The victims, an elderly couple from Rosemead were hospitalized after the incident. However, the wife, Kit Ching Leung, ultimately succumbed to her injuries.
Following the collision, the defendant’s vehicle went down an embankment and Rios fled the scene.
Authorities were called and they soon located the defendant and arrested him in connection with the crash.
This case was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.
|Booking No.: 4147658 Last Name: RIOS First Name: JUAN Middle Name: G
Sex: M Race: H Date Of Birth: 07/22/1990 Age: 24 Hair: BLK Eyes: BRO Height: 509 Weight: 200
|Charge Level: F (Felony)|