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May 8, 2008

A hospital worker who drove drunk through a residential South Bay neighborhood after a night of partying in Tijuana and crashed into a parked truck, killing his passenger, pleaded guilty Friday to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, San Diego DUI lawyers report.

Samuel Daniel Baltazar, 26, will be sentenced to four years in state prison at a San Diego DUI hearing July 10 before San Diego Superior Court Judge Stephanie Sontag.

Baltazar, who worked in the intensive care unit at Scripps Green Hospital, was driving 60 mph in a posted 30 mph zone in Otay Mesa after a night of bar-hopping when his pickup truck slammed into the back of a legally parked U-Haul truck at 6:10 a.
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m. on Jan. 26, San Diego DUI attorney prosecutor Stephen Marquardt said.
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The force of the collision moved the rental truck 12 feet and severed 21- year-old Daniel Barreto’s leg, causing him to bleed to death, San Diego DUI lawyers are told.
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According to San Diego DUI attorney sources, Baltazar hadn’t slept in 24 hours, had a usable amount of cocaine in his pocket and a blood-alcohol level measured at .095 percent an hour after the accident, above the legal limit of .08 percent.

A canister of marijuana was also found in the seat of the car where Baltazar had been sitting, according San Diego DUI criminal defense attorneys, who are told the defendant was driving on an expired license and had recent contact with law enforcement for speeding.

Baltazar also admitted that he knew his truck had faulty brakes, San Diego DUI criminal defense lawyers understand.

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