Young Drunk Driver Gets 14-Year Sentence for Causing Fatal Car Accident


Nineteen year-old Jesus Manzo Torres from Tustin has been sentenced to 14 years in prison for vehicular manslaughter. He was driving drunk at a very high speed when he caused a crash that killed one of his passengers, George Cisneros.

On the night of November 6, 2011 Torres got behind the wheel of a Subaru with five passengers, one of whom was in the trunk. He was heavily intoxicated with a blood alcohol level of 0.15 % a full hour after the accident. Torres was speeding on Santiago Canyon Road in Orange County when he lost control and veered into a tree. Cisneros suffered fatal injuries and the four other passengers suffered serious injuries including a broken vertebra, fractured jaws, and concussions.

Torres began serving his 14 year sentence immediately.

At Bergener Mirejovsky, our personal injury attorneys fight tirelessly for victims of drunk driving. We also strive to prevent these senseless accidents by educating our community about driving under the influence.

California’s law enforcement is doing a terrific job identifying, arresting, and prosecuting these negligent drivers, but the number of alcohol related fatalities and injuries are still at an unacceptable high. Please read through these sobering California statistics, share them with your loved ones.

Keep your family and neighbors safe: don’t let someone get behind the wheel while under the influence of alcohol or drugs, and never get in the car with someone you suspect may be intoxicated. If you see someone who may be a drunk driver, pull over and call 9-1-1 immediately. Your quick response could save a life.

  • There are over 200,000 DUI arrests every year.
  • There are over 16,000 alcohol-involved reckless driving convictions annually.
  • There are almost 1,400 alcohol related fatalities. That is 40% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
  • There are almost 30,000 alcohol related injuries on our roads each year. That is 11% of all injuries.
  • There are over 700 drug-involved deaths every year. That is 20% of all motor vehicle fatalities.
  • There are almost 2,500 drug involved injuries annually. That is 1% of all injuries on the roads.
  • Over 1,000 juveniles have their licenses suspended for DUIs each year.
  • Over 124,000 first-offenders have their licenses suspended for DUIs annually.
  • Over 34,000 second-offenders have their licenses suspended or revoked for DUIs annually.
  • Over 8,000 third-offenders have their licenses revoked for DUIs every year.
  • Almost 3,000 commercial drivers have their licenses suspended or revoked for DUIs each year.
  • It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .08% or more for most drivers.
  • Commercial drivers may not operate their vehicles with a BAC higher than .04%.
  • It is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of .01% for drivers under 21 years of age.
  • Blood alcohol levels are only maximum limits. A driver can get a DUI with a BAC below .08%.

 

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