San Diego California DUI Lawyer news:
.21 Driver guilty of San Diego DUI / gross vehicular manslaughter and mother guilty of child endangerment as husband drive drunk.
June 29, 2997
In an apparent attempt to get her children back so they have a mother, a woman pleaded guilty to a negotiated charge of criminally endangering her young son by letting him ride in the car while her husband was driving drunk at the time of the San Diego California DUI accident.
She purportedly argued with her husband, reportedly telling him he was too drunk to drive.
Rosa Carachure’s 6-year-old son, Brian, died in May after being thrown from the car when his father crashed into an embankment on Interstate 15 and overturned. The boy may not have been wearing a seat belt at the time of the San Diego Drunk Driving accident.
The car was going up to 80 mph and swerving across the highway before the San Diego DUI / drunk driving accident. Carachure’s arm was broken in the San Diego drunk driving accident.
She may have known that her husband, Rodrigo Mendoza, was drunk or impaired when she put her son in the car on the way home from a San Diego County swap meet, but apparently she tried to persuade him not to drive. Her two other children, a 9-year-old boy and 18-month-old girl, also were in the car but were unhurt in the San Diego DUI crash.
She agreed to the plea bargain to expedite return of her children who need a parent or parents.
Mendoza, 32, pleaded guilty Wednesday to gross vehicular manslaughter, San Diego DUI / San Diego drunk driving / San Diego driving under the influence of alcohol and child endangerment.
He had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21% — the legal limit is 0.08% — two hours after the accident. He faces up to six years in California state prison.
Carachure could be sentenced up to a year in San Diego County Jail.