SANTA ANA (AP) — An Orange County man has been sentenced to 20 years and four months in prison for causing a DUI crash that killed a woman on Valentine’s Day last year.

Gustavo Vega, 24, was convicted in June of murder, felony hit-and-run and felony possession of cocaine. He was sentenced Friday in Orange County Superior Court.

Prosecutors say Vega was driving drunk on Feb. 14, 2010 when he raced through a red light and slammed into a Toyota Corolla. The Toyota’s driver received minor injuries, but the passenger, 20-year-old Cara Lee, died at the scene.

Lee, a student at Orange Coast College, had worked as a model.

The Los Angeles Times says Vega fled the scene and was later found by police hiding in a nearby housing complex.

Vega’s blood-alcohol content was measured at .17 percent, more than twice the legal limit.

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Comments (3)
  1. Lee says:

    RYAN BOWMAN, who pleaded guilty to leaving the scene of a November collision that killed a 21-year-old woman crossing Sunset Boulevard in West Hollywood, was sentenced Friday morning at the Beverly Hills Courthouse to just under a year in jail, reported City News Service. He was drunk, hit and killed Lauren Ann Freeman with his Bentley, ran like a little b*tch from the scene, abandoned his Bentley in a neighborhood close by presumably to lie and say that his car was stolen. HIS SENTENCE?????
    Under a plea deal, Ryan Mathew Bowman, 34, was sentenced to 364 days in a private Los Angeles jail facility. Four years probation and a nine-month alcohol education program after his release from jail were included under the terms of the plea deal. Prosecutors said Bowman admitted before Beverly Hills Superior Court Judge Elden Fox on March 2 to being the driver of a Bentley that struck and killed Lauren Ann Freeman as she was crossing Sunset Boulevard at Hammond Street in West Hollywood, the District Attorney’s office said.
    Bowman is listed in his public business profile on LinkedIn as the CEO and founder of Zeal Entertainment, a media production and distribution company that has business partnerships with Girls Gone Wild. The fatal hit and run accident occurred about 11:50 p.m. on Nov. 10. Sheriff’s investigators said the driver fled in the car. Why didn’t RYAN BOWMAN get 20 years??? How much were you paid Judge Eldon Fox?

    1. Corrupt says:

      Good point. The US legal system is corrupt, as it always pans out to going easy on those with money. How are we different than Mexiaco, really?

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