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DUI Offender Sentenced to Prison for Killing One and Seriously Injuring Another

Santa Rosa, CA  –  July 7, 2016  –  District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Kyle Ryley Ferguson, 32-years-old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced Wednesday by the Honorable Arthur Wick to seven years in state prison after previously pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.  Ferguson also admitted a special allegation that he caused bodily injury to more than one victim, and a special allegation that his blood alcohol concentration was 0.15 percent or greater at the time of the incident.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Once again we see the tragic consequences of someone making the horrible choice of driving impaired.  There simply is no excuse for putting others at risk of significant bodily injury or death by drinking and driving.”

The charges resulted from an incident on January 7, 2016, at approximately 2:00 p.m. when Ferguson lost control of the Ford Crown Victoria he was driving while on Highway 1 near Salt Point State Park.  Ferguson was driving over the speed limit around a curve in the roadway and crossed over the solid double yellow lines by a couple feet into the oncoming lane of traffic and collided into the other vehicle head-on. The driver of the other vehicle and his wife in the passenger seat were traveling with their cat from Sea Ranch to Richmond to a veterinary appointment.  The driver was directly impacted by Ferguson’s vehicle and died of blunt force trauma at the scene. The driver’s wife suffered serious injuries.  Their cat died as well.  When officers responded to the scene and contacted Ferguson, they observed objective signs of alcohol intoxication. Two breath tests were conducted at the scene and Ferguson’s blood was found to contain 0.33 and 0.30 percent alcohol.  Ferguson was also an unlicensed driver.

The case was prosecuted by DDA Jessica Washington of the District Attorney’s Vertical DUI Unit.  Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. The Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.


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