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Driver sentenced for deadly 100-mph California crash

December 18, 2021 GMT

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — A driver was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison on Friday for a drunken 100-mph crash on a California freeway that killed a woman and injured five other people.

Abel Aguilar-Calixto, 26, of Las Vegas was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court for causing the chain-reaction series of accidents in August 2018 on Interstate 5 in Irvine.

Judge Gary S. Paer noted that Aguilar-Calixto had no previous criminal record and acquaintances said he was a good person but the judge said a “single lapse in judgment” had led to “a harsh penalty and a harsh lesson,” the Orange County Register reported.

Aguilar-Calixto had been drinking at a home in Anaheim when he ignored warnings by friends and tried to drive back to his home in Las Vegas, prosecutors said.

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He was southbound on Interstate 5 when his Dodge Challenger hit another car at 108 mph, prosecutors said.

The disabled Dodge blocked a freeway lane and the crash led to a 12-minute wave of crashes and pile-ups as cars tried to avoid the car or smashed into others, authorities said.

Maria Osuna, 24, was killed when she rear-ended a car that had braked to avoid hitting the Dodge and her car was rear-ended as well. She had taken off her seat belt to check on her baby, who was in the car’s back seat and was among the five people injured, prosecutors said.

Aguilar-Calixtro was convicted last month of second-degree murder, driving under the influence and causing great bodily injury.