Drunk driver sentenced to 6 years for DUI crash that killed Sarai Olvera in Coronado

Sarai Valentina Olvera
Sarai Valentina Olvera. Courtesy of GoFundMe

A young man who drove drunk and crashed a car into a light pole, killing one of its passengers, received a six-year prison sentence on Friday.

Erwin Mejia Ramos, 21, pleaded guilty last month on felony charges of felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury for the July 29, 2022 crash that killed a rear seat passenger, Sarai Valentina Olvera, 26, and injured another woman in the car.

The crash happened around 12:30 a.m. in the 1100 block of Orange Avenue in Coronado, according to police.

In the appearance of Ramos last year, Assistant District Attorney Amy Colby said Ramos and her passengers traveled from Riverside to San Diego County, where they consumed alcohol at La Jolla Cove before driving to Coronado.

Once there, Colby said Ramos, 20 at the time of the fatal crash, was driving at speeds of 60 to 80 mph “by his own estimate” in the 25-mph zone.

Olvera died “instantly” in the crash, the prosecutor said, while Ramos’s other passenger, another 20-year-old, was hospitalized with non-life-threatening injuries.

– City News Service

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