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Repeat DUI Offender Gets Life Sentence

Santa Rosa, CA  –  August 15, 2017  –  District Attorney Jill Ravitch has announced that defendant Pablo Salinas-Jacobo, 35, of Santa Rosa was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison for a conviction of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated, with two prior Driving Under the Influence convictions. The charges stemmed from a fatal collision on Los Amigos Road on November 8, 2015. The Defendant was on probation for his last Driving Under the Influence conviction at the time of the collision.

District Attorney Ravitch stated, “Driving under the influence is a dangerous act that puts everyone on the road at risk. This time one selfish act ended the life of an innocent person.”

The charge(s) resulted from a fatal collision at Los Amigos Road at the intersection of Merriam Vineyards driveway. The Defendant, who had been drinking at a park, was driving at a speed unsafe for the conditions and passing over a double yellow line when he struck multiple vehicles.  The second vehicle the Defendant struck was forced into a spin at a high velocity and landed in the culvert fronting the vineyard. The victim, Lori Lynne Ryan, 53, was a passenger in that vehicle and suffered injuries to which she ultimately succumbed. Ms. Ryan, an engineer and mother of two, had been visiting the area from Arizona with a loved one for the weekend when the collision occurred.

This case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorneys Juliette R. Hyde and Chris Brown, formerly of the District Attorney’s Vertical DUI Unit. Funding for the Vertical DUI Program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Crandon Kopriva of the California Highway Patrol headed the investigation.


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