CHULA VISTA (CNS) - A man who drove an overloaded car while drunk, causing a wreck that killed an 18-year-old passenger, was sentenced Wednesday to more than 14 years in state prison.
Roman Rivera Martinez, 28, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury in the Sept. 25, 2010, death of Eileen Miranda.
Deputy District Attorney Cally Bright told a judge last fall that Martinez was driving a car crammed with eight people -- it was designed to seat five -- when he came upon a Chevrolet on northbound 805 just south of H Street.
Martinez struck the Chevy as he tried to pass it in the median and lost control of his car, which skidded across the freeway and went down an embankment, where it burst into flames, the prosecutor said.
Miranda was thrown from the car and killed.
Another passenger was airlifted to a hospital, Bright said. Witnesses said Martinez was having "difficulty" and driving erratically before getting on the freeway, the prosecutor said.
Martinez has a DUI conviction from 2002 and a robbery conviction from 2005, Bright said.
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A man who fired a gun and threatened customers at a Fallbrook bar early Saturday morning was thwarted by patrons who tackled him and held him until law enforcement could arrive, a San Diego County sheriff's deputy said.
A man is suspected of crashing his car into a Skyline home and fleeing before being apprehended by police early Saturday morning.
The San Diego team in the Alliance of American football announced the signing of former San Diego State offensive tackle Terry Poole, a fourth-round choice by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2015 NFL draft, and nine other players.
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San Diego County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Fischer is free Friday night after posting $2 million bail. He is accused of groping and assaulting more than a dozen women while on duty.