District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

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Photo: Eric Mauricio Ramirez-Aguilar / Santa Barbara Sheriff's Office

Source: District Attorney of Santa Barbara

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced [Tuesday] that charges have been filed against Eric Mauricio Ramirez-Aguilar, a 39-year-old resident of Santa Barbara County. Mr. Ramirez-Aguilar is charged with two felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, one count of fleeing the scene of an accident that resulted in death and one count of driving under the influence causing injury.  Attached to the charges are various special allegations for fleeing the scene after committing the offense of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, personally inflicting great bodily injury and causing death or bodily injury to multiple victims.

On February 11, 2020 Mr. Ramirez-Aguilar was arraigned on the complaint and pled not guilty. The case is next set for Preliminary Hearing Setting in Santa Barbara Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. on March 9, 2020 in Department 12.

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a-1581604811 Feb 13, 2020 06:40 AM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

How do these charges compare to the DA’s blind eye to the Montecito realtor who drove intoxicated Up from Coast Village Road, hit the walking couple, left them to die, continued home to wash away evidence from her car. She was back at her Open Houses with blood successfully washed from her hands. Appears like double standards of enforcement. Is he an illegal resident alien, or a citizen?

a-1581611064 Feb 13, 2020 08:24 AM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

She actually was sentenced to 1 year in jail but then was released after about 8 months (to attend her daughter's graduation IIRC).

ChillinGrillin Feb 12, 2020 04:11 PM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

Did the DA charge the SB Sheriff lieutenant who seriously injured 4 people driving drunk on the 154 last October? His name is Javier Antunez. They never put up a mugshot...

Shmonk Feb 12, 2020 04:31 PM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

they outsourced the prosecution to avoid conflict of interest. and nope of course we didn't get a mugshot -- badge protects badge. Ridiculous.

420722 Feb 12, 2020 02:35 PM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

Says attached to the charges are various special allegations which makes me think J.Dudley is pushing for as much time as possible. Good news!

PitMix Feb 12, 2020 09:27 AM
District Attorney Charges Hit and Run Driver

Based on this, looks like a max sentence of 20-30 years. "According to the California Penal Code section 191.5(a), gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is always charged as a felony offense and is punishable by 4, 6 or 10 years in state prison. You also face an additional sentence of 3 to 6 six years in state prison if any of the surviving victims have sustained great bodily. Gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated is considered a serious felony and a conviction can act as a strike on your criminal record. In some rare cases, you can even be charged with second degree murder if someone dies as a result of your grossly negligent conduct and you have any prior DUI related convictions on your record."

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