A jury convicted a Spring Valley man Friday for crashing his automobile whereas beneath the affect of medicine, killing one among his passengers.
The panel deliberated for about two days earlier than discovering Rene Ruiz, 30, responsible within the 2018 loss of life of Melanie Alexandra Feliciano, 24.
In response to the California Highway Patrol, Ruiz drove a 1999 Mercedes-Benz sedan that veered off eastbound state Route 94 for unknown causes round 2 p.m. on Sept. 17.
The car crossed onto a mud shoulder close to Sweetwater Springs Boulevard, hit a guardrail, turned airborne and overturned, CHP public affairs Officer Travis Garrow stated.
After tumbling throughout the median, the automobile got here to relaxation on its wheels on the middle shoulder of the westbound lanes, its roof crushed.
At that time, Ruiz fled from the crumpled car with a feminine companion who had been within the entrance passenger seat. They left Feliciano trapped contained in the wreckage.
Feliciano on the time of the crash was seated, unrestrained, on the automobile’s middle console. Docs pronounced her useless at a neighborhood hospital.
CHP personnel and sheriff’s deputies searched the realm, discovering Ruiz and the opposite passenger hiding in a canyon. Each had suffered critical accidents.
Ruiz confronted homicide costs on account of a previous DUI conviction from 2011. He’s slated to be sentenced Dec. 1.
– Metropolis Information Service