Santa Rosa, CA – May 6, 2021 – Defendant Hector Cabrales-Larios, 39 years old of Santa Rosa, was sentenced today by the Honorable Robert LaForge to serve six years in state prison after pleading “no contest” in March of this year to felony charges of hit and run, driving under the influence of alcohol with a prior felony DUI, and causing great bodily injury to a child under the age of 5.
The charges resulted from a collision on July 11, 2019 on Range Avenue near Coddingtown Mall. The victim, who was 2 years old at the time, had been at the Social Security Office with her grandmother when the child made her way into the street. The defendant, driving a distinctive old-fashioned camper van, ran over the victim while going 30-35 mph. Witnesses related that the van driver made no effort to stop and accelerated away from the scene. The victim suffered major injuries including heart and lung contusions, a skull fracture, and a brain bleed. The victim was hospitalized in the pediatric intensive care unit at Oakland Children’s Hospital for over three weeks, but she has since made a full recovery.
A Santa Rosa police officer recognized the description of the defendant’s vehicle from a previous hit and run investigation and located the van outside the defendant’s residence. The defendant admitted to driving but denied being involved in a collision. However, the grill of the defendant’s vehicle had damage consistent with striking the victim’s head, and broken pieces of plastic from the grill matched the pieces of plastic found at the collision. A subsequent blood alcohol test showed defendant had a BAC of.110%. The defendant had a previous felony conviction for driving under the influence causing injury in 2013.
The victim and her parents attended the sentencing today remotely, and her father gave a statement to the court about the impact the incident has had on their family. The victim’s mother expressed the hope that such an accident would never happen again.
Data from the California Department of Motor Vehicles shows that alcohol and drug related crashes and fatalities have increased in recent years, particularly among defendants who have at least one prior DUI conviction. State wide, impaired drivers make up just 1.43% of all drivers, but they are responsible for 59% of all collisions.
The case was prosecuted by Deputy District Attorney Sarah Brooks 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 prosecution was assisted by District Attorney Investigator Dave Kahl. Officer Jeffrey Adams of the Santa Rosa Police Department headed the investigation.
 See 2019 Annual Report of the California DUI Management Information System, Sladjana Oulad Daoud and Helen N. Tashima, California Department of Motor Vehicles, CAL-DMV-RSS-20-260.