SALINAS (CBS SF/BCN) — A Salinas man has been sentenced to 17 years and two months in state prison for a 2018 fatal collision while driving under the influence of alcohol, according to Monterey County District Attorney Jeannine Pacioni.
Luciano Rojas Medina, 47, was sentenced Tuesday by Monterey County Superior Court Judge Carrie Panetta for gross vehicular manslaughter with intoxication and for driving under the influence causing great bodily injury.READ MORE: South Bay Traffic Alert: Overturned Big Rig Shuts Down Southbound Traffic On 101
A California Highway Patrol investigation concluded that Medina caused a head-on collision involving multiple vehicles, while driving the wrong way in the southbound lanes of U.S. Highway 101 just north of Spence Road on Oct. 1, 2018, killing Gonzales resident Raymundo Navarro, 68.
Two other vehicles were also involved in the collision, with one driver complaining of pain caused by the impact.READ MORE: 'I'm In'; Caitlyn Jenner Says She'll Challenge Gov. Gavin Newsom In Recall Election
“When officers contacted Medina, they noticed that he smelled of alcohol and that his speech was mumbled and slurred,” Pacioni said in a news release.
After officers performed field sobriety tests, Medina admitted drinking two shots of tequila before driving. His blood alcohol level was subsequently measured at .24 percent.MORE NEWS: 'Not For The Faint Of Heart'; Bay Area Real Estate Market Heating Up To Pre-Pandemic Levels
Medina had a 2016 DUI conviction at the time.