A woman who prosecutors say was intoxicated when she crashed into a popular taco stand on 4th and Clarence Streets –killing one man and injuring eight other people– has been sentenced to one year in jail and five years of formal probation, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s office said Thursday.

Judge Laura F. Priver handed down the sentence to Maribel Rosas, 37, of South Gate. On January 24, Rosas pleaded no contest to one felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The crash happened around 9:30 pm on June 26, 2016. Witnesses said Rosas went up a curb, drove through the taco stand and crashed into a parked car.

The man killed was 48-year-old Francisco Gaytán, an undocumented day laborer who sometimes went as Juan Méndez. He was a resident of the Proyecto Guadalupe homeless shelter, about a block away from where the crash took place.

According to authorities, three of the injured were taken to a hospital for treatment, two of them in critical condition. KTLA reported that one of the injured was the taquero, the man operating the stand.

In a press release, the DA’s office said the judge actually suspended a six-year state prison sentence and ordered Rosas to complete several alcohol awareness programs. No explanation was given for the suspension.

One Response

  1. Rose M

    It saddens me so much to read about the injustice in the poor communities by the police department with their training to shoot as a defense method….center mass they call it….hitting vital organs…young kids/suspects dying over “tagging”? Another who robbed a vendor dying because 2 policemen chose to use their guns to end the life when they could have shot a limb to disable the suspect. I understand that’s the training they get….”shoot to stop” which in reality means “shoot to kill”. Other countries like Czech Republic shoot a limb to stop the suspect….what happened to innocent until proven guilty? And a drunken lady, partying with booze, KILLS an innocent bystander & maims EIGHT others, stays alive and get one year sentence in jail & 5 on probation….she should have gotten life for the 1 life she took and the other 7 lives she destroyed. The scales of justice are tipped or being ignored by people with power….we are not progressing as a civilization when officials in control allow these trageDIES happen


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