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Man Convicted of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated

Santa Rosa, CA  –  April 6, 2017  –  Defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 45 years old of Santa Rosa, was found guilty by a jury Wednesday afternoon of charges stemming from a fatal collision on November 8, 2015 on Los Amigos Road in Healdsburg. Specifically, Salinas-Jacobo was found guilty of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated (within ten years of two prior driving under the influence convictions); and Driving Under the Influence Causing Bodily Injury, in addition to enhancements for causing great bodily injury and injuring multiple victims. The Defendant’s prior convictions occurred in 2007 and 2013. The Defendant was also convicted in the present offense of driving on a suspended license after having suffered a prior conviction within five years. 

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “This was a tragic and avoidable loss caused by a repeat DUI offender.  Although we sought a charge of murder in this case based on the totality of this defendant’s conduct over many years, we respect the jury’s verdict and thank them for their service.”
 

The fatal collision on Los Amigos Road happened at the intersection of Merriam Vineyards driveway. The Defendant was driving at a speed unsafe for the conditions, and was passing over a double yellow line when he struck multiple vehicles. After striking the second vehicle, the defendant was forced into a spin at high velocity and landed in a culvert fronting a vineyard. The victim, Lori Lynne Ryan, 53 years old, was a passenger in the second vehicle. Ms. Ryan, an engineer, had been visiting the area from Arizona with a loved one for the weekend when the collision occurred.

The gross vehicular manslaughter conviction carries a sentence of up to 15 years-to-life. The driving under the influence causing bodily injury carries a sentence of up to 8 additional years. 
 

The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Juliette R. Hyde and Chris Brown, assisted by District Attorney Investigator Ed HemphillCrandon Kopriva of the California Highway Patrol headed the investigation.

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