WESTMINSTER (AP)  — A Southern California man whose distracted driving caused a crash that killed a 4-month-baby has been sentenced to three years of probation.

Robert Anthony Casares of Huntington Beach was also ordered Tuesday to donate $5,500 to a nonprofit foundation and serve 300 hours of community service as a school crossing guard.

Prosecutors said that while driving last September, Casares looked down to secure his laptop from sliding to the floor. When he looked up, he struck a truck that had stopped in front of him, pushing the truck into an intersection and a family that was walking the crosswalk. The baby was thrown off a stroller being pushed by her mother and landed on her head.

Casares pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor count of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence.

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Comments (16)
  1. no jail? says:

    illegal in the news.

  2. Johnny says:

    Sad for everyone. Sad for that baby. Sad for that mother. Even feel sorry for that man who meant no one any harm.

  3. dmocha1 says:

    What a shame! Talk about slap on the hand and a slap in the face of the family. I bet if this had been someones dog he would have received jail some time.

  4. Johnny Chingas says:

    Just a Mexican running over a 4 yo Whitey. What else is new? Are you gonna hate the entire Mexican race coz of this unintentional accident?

    1. wallygeorge says:

      I already hate the race. Let me see you hog our parks on weekends playing soccer from sunup to sundown, urinating in the park, you drive with no insurance and crash so our rates go up, you steal our cars, you bring down property values, you waste our valuable tax dollars so citizens lose jobs cause of lack of funds, you waste our resources when the police our out arresting you, I can go on and on and on. Just get out of the country and go back to 3rd world mexico.

      1. SM says:


      2. wallywallygeorgegeorge says:

        “when the police our out arresting you?” what does that even mean? learn how to spell first!!!!!!!!

  5. Ignorant White Trash says:

    White ignorant racist rants. Deport ’em all.

    1. jimbo says:

      Do you guys know what a mexican is. It is an indian peasant that was raped by the spanish and made what you know is a mexican. The truth hurts but if you wanna call white trash out I can fire my bullets. Your people are product of rape who have not been able to get mexico out of 3rd world status. If the europeans did not come over all this land would be 3rd world like mexico, what advances in technology has mexico ever made? Thank you, nothing!

    2. Bayle says:

      Shoot, so that’s that one sppuseos.

  6. OJ Simpson says:

    Dude probably hired Johnny Cochran as his defense attorney.

    1. Gwenn says:

      Cochrans been dead for years. maybe you should read more than these types of articles. Casares is not necessarily a Hispanic name, also..white boy

  7. Hex the Italian says:

    Jimbo, how about the value of zero in math and astrology?

  8. Mary says:

    The whole situation is a terrible tragedy. The fact that this man was not drinking and driving, nor was he texting – tells me that he does deserve some mercy. I myself have been distracted in my car and if we are all honest – you have too. Informal probation is appropriate; however, if I were on the Jury, I would have not voted “guilty” at all. I do think the man should have been responsible for the funeral cost – just to take the burden off the family – God knows they have gone through enough. No one won in this situation. The story has convicted my heart to be more careful when I drive. I can only do my best.

  9. John Holmes says:

    If this guy would have killed my baby and only got probation then he would not be alive once I found him. An eye for an eye. He said it was an accident. ACCIDENTS ARE AVOIDABLE FORGET THE ALIBI. Everyone would look at this differently if it was their baby.

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