VISTA (CNS) - An Escondido man who caused an alcohol-related hit-and-run crash in North County that killed one of his passengers was sentenced Thursday to 22 years in state prison.
Joshua Goldbaum, 29, pleaded guilty in January to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the death of 21-year-old Brianna Burlington. Goldbaum and another passenger in the defendant's car, Nicholas McGill, were injured in the crash.
The stipulated sentence was ordered by Vista Judge Robert Kearney.
Authorities said Goldbaum -- who has a 2008 conviction for assault in San Diego County -- was driving his 2000 Hyundai Sonata when it collided head-on with a Ford Aerostar van on Bear Valley Parkway at San Pasqual Valley Road at 2:22 a.m. on Oct. 8, 2011.
According to search warrant affidavit from the CHP, Goldbaum persuaded a woman who had stopped at the scene to take him to the hospital. On the way there, the defendant convinced the woman to take him home, according to the affidavit.
Goldbaum left his wallet in the woman's car, and when she learned he was the driver in a fatal hit-and-run crash, she called police, according to the affidavit. The defendant was arrested at his home around 9 a.m.
McGill told police that Goldbaum had ingested cocaine and drank at two bars hours before the crash.
According to the affidavit, Goldbaum drove at speeds of more than 80 mph down Bear Valley Parkway before running a red light and crashing into the van. Attorneys said Goldbaum's blood-alcohol level was .08 percent at the time.
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