A Santa Maria Top-quality Court judge sentenced a Lompoc guy to 4 years in condition prison for driving drunk and creating a crash that killed a beloved husband, father and grandfather who was described as a generous, sort, big-hearted particular person prepared to assistance everyone.
Isaac Valentino DeLuna, now 21, pleaded guilty final month in the case involving an Aug. 22 crash on Harris Quality Street around Burton Mesa Highway.
California Highway Patrol officers mentioned a southbound 2017 white BMW pushed by DeLuna crossed into the northbound lane and slammed into a 1995 Ford pickup truck.
The truck’s driver, Benjamin Romayor, 68, of Lompoc suffered fatal injuries, and was pronounced dead at the scene of crash, which two of his daughters happened on minutes later on.
Final thirty day period, DeLuna pleaded responsible to 3 felony rates, which include gross vehicular manslaughter whilst intoxicated, driving with a blood alcoholic beverages material greater than .08% triggering injury, and driving below the influence of liquor causing injuries.
He also admitted many specific allegations, which include triggering great bodily harm and obtaining a blood alcoholic beverages articles above .15%.
His blood alcoholic beverages reportedly was .17%, far more than double the amount at which a human being is regarded as drunk underneath California legislation.
On Monday in Choose Patricia Kelly’s courtroom, 11 associates of Romayor’s family members spoke about the decline of their beloved partner of 46 several years, father of eight and grandfather of 21.
Thirty-two users of Romayor’s household loaded the courtroom, even though some others attended the listening to remotely, in accordance to Deputy District Lawyer Stephanie Schoenburg.
“Our lives modified substantially Aug. 22 by the tragic decline of our father,” reported Victoria Aviles, one of Romayor’s daughters.
In a entire world in which people seldom assistance other individuals, Romayor stood out as anyone prepared to mow a stranger’s garden or have a neighbor’s canine to a veterinarian appointment, his daughter reported.
“My dad did small points like this. Envision the big items he did,” she included.
Compounding the tragedy was the actuality two daughters came upon the crash scene en route to do the job together with their father that early morning. Other relatives customers also finished up at the scene.
“That’s a photo they will have to see each individual day for the rest of their everyday living,” Aviles claimed.
Other kinfolk referred to the silly and egocentric final decision that led DeLuna to drive when under the affect of alcohol after leaving his occupation a caregiver.
“You, Isaac DeLuna, are a murderer,” daughter Priscilla Ramirez stated. “The agony we feel will hardly ever leave us. We are just discovering to stay with it.”
Grandson Eli Ramirez recalled how Romayor favored to dance, snicker and joke.
“I dislike you. You killed my grandpa. He was a excellent person,” the boy claimed as his mom rubbed his back again to assist the grieving grandson.
At one particular point, the judge requested another grandson to explain the substantial framed shots sitting on an easel at the entrance of the courtroom.
“They depict a happy relatives. My whole loved ones smiling,” he advised the judge, the images providing distinction to the exact grief-crammed people sitting in the viewers.
After the spouse and children statements, defense attorney Michael Scott explained his shopper experienced preferred to send bouquets or a card to the loved ones adhering to the crash. Nevertheless, the attorney advised from the action owing to the court docket scenario.
DeLuna also spoke to the family members, remarking how quite a few people today he realized as pals and classmates who ended up linked to the big Romayor family members.
He agreed there was no justification for his actions Aug. 22
“I’m deeply sorry for having your almost everything,” he mentioned.
“I’m sorry I took these kinds of an remarkable gentleman from his spouse and children and from the neighborhood. I can only hope to be as terrific as him,” DeLuna explained.
Kelly stated it remained very clear DeLuna’s steps would have a ripple impact for a extensive time, but added she considered it was a reasonable and just sentence based on numerous components, such as a absence of prison history and plea relatively early in the court docket course of action, keeping away from a demo.
Probation officers experienced recommended no prison time for DeLuna, but Kelly rejected that suggestion before handing down the prison sentence.