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Vista Judge Sentenced Drunk Driver For Deaths Of Two In Escondido

A north Escondido DUI accident lead to a guilty plea and subsquent sentencing in a Vista courtroom on February 17th, according to 10news.com.

Oscar Tinoco, 19, plead guilty to several DUI charges including drunk driving, driving with a blood alcohol level of .08 or higher, hit-and-run, and gross vehicular manslaughter on October 13, 2010. His blood alcohol concentration (BAC) was .08 percent two hours after the collision. It was estimated that his BAC was .12 or .13 when he was actually driving.

This drunk driving accident was part of a mutiple car wreck on northbound Interstate 15, near the Gopher Canyon Road onramp at 4 a.m. on Oct. 10, 2009. A sleepy driver rear-ended a Jeep and they stopped on the right side of the road. Tinoco then drove his car into the Jeep, knocking one of the passengers off the overpass killing him. Tinoco fled as another car ran into the accident scene, hit the guardrail, went airborne, and rolled down an embankment killing the driver.

The Vista judge sentenced Tinoco to 15 years in state prison.

Online Sources:

2 Die In DUI-Related Crash North Of Escondido: 10news.com
Man Pleads Guilty In Fatal DUI Crash: 10news.com
Man Guilty Of Fatal DUI Crash Sentenced: 10news.com


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