Earlier this week, a California man who had been found guilty of causing a fatal collision while driving under the influence of methamphetamine has been sentenced to between 6 and 20 years in prison.
The Tahoe Daily Tribune reports that on June 13, 2019, 41-year-old Jarrad Daniel Dominguez admitted that he had been driving under the influence of a controlled substance when his truck crossed the center line and collided with another vehicle.
The head-on collision near the intersection of Highway 50 and Elks Point Road resulted in the death of Hugo Parra Solis of Carson City.
Police arrested Dominguez at the scene of the crash.
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Court documents indicate that this is not the first offense for Dominquez. Attorney Roberto Fuentes Jr. admitted before the court that most of Dominguez’s prior convictions happened within the state of California, with most related to driving under the influence.
Dominguez apologized to Solis’ widow before a Nevada court on Tuesday, September 22, “I know there’s nothing I could say that will make it forgiven. There are no words of apology that’s going to fix anything that happened.”
Prosecutors say that Solis’ widow wanted to be present at the trial but did not want to make a statement before the court.
District Court Judge Tod Young told Dominguez that by driving under the influence, he showed a lack of respect for everyone else that shared the road.
“Sir, you had enough experience with driving under the influence to know that it doesn’t take a plan to kill someone,” Judge Young admonished. “You have a horrible record, sir. I don’t know what age is old enough to have as many felonies as you do.”
Dominguez was given 161 days credit for time served and ordered to pay $2,000 in fines. He has also been ordered to pay for the cost of extraditing him from California.