POMONA (CBSLA.com) — Authorities Friday said a 21-year-old woman, who was convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter, has been sentenced to six years in state prison.
Raelene Marie Martinez of Ontario entered a no contest plea to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury, among others.READ MORE: Ticketholders To Filipino Festival FAHMfest Find Empty Parking Lot In San Pedro
The accusations stem from the April 2013, death of 19-year-old Sarena Vargas. Vargas was seated in the back of Martinez’s car at the time of the accident.
The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said in a written statement that the fatal accident occurred after Martinez, who had been drinking at a party in Pomona, left and got behind the wheel of a vehicle. She had four others with her.
The statement indicated that at some point, she and a person in the front passenger seat began arguing.READ MORE: Lakers Lose To Warriors 121-114
The prosecutor said, “At that point, Martinez took her hands off the steering wheel and began hitting the front passenger,” according to the statement.
The vehicle eventually hit a curb, and struck two other cars that were parked before it flipped over.
Vargas was ejected from the car and died at the scene, the statement indicated.MORE NEWS: One Shot In Beverly Hills Robbery Outside Restaurant
During Friday’s sentencing, authorities said Martinez was also ordered to pay restitution to Vargas’ family as well as the victim’s compensation board.