Three-time DUI defendant discovered responsible of second diploma homicide


(BCN) — A Greenfield man with two earlier DUIs was discovered responsible of second-degree homicide Tuesday, after he killed a lady whereas driving drunk, the Monterey County District Legal professional introduced. Baltazar Donato, 28, drove the unsuitable means on U.S. Freeway 101 within the San Ardo space on Feb. 2, 2021, and collided head-on with a automobile being pushed by Sabrina Lecce, 23, killing her and injuring her passenger and her canine.

In line with Lecce’s obituary, she had spent the day on the seaside along with her boyfriend and “beloved” canine and the three had been driving again when Donato’s automobile struck them.

Donato’s blood alcohol on the time was .19 p.c, greater than twice the authorized restrict. Proof confirmed that he had been going 87 miles per hour and failed to interrupt till inside .2 seconds of the collision.

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Along with second-degree homicide, Donato was discovered responsible of extra counts of gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated, driving underneath the affect and inflicting harm, driving underneath the affect with .08 p.c and inflicting harm, and driving on a suspended license. The jury additionally discovered true enhancements for having two prior DUI convictions from 2012 and 2018, inflicting bodily harm to a couple of individual, and nice bodily harm.

Donato is dealing with 15 years to life in jail and is scheduled to be sentenced on Nov. 30.

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