Man pleads ‘no contest’ in fatal West Covina DUI crash – California News

Man pleads ‘no contest’ in fatal West Covina DUI crash – California News



A La Puente man whose April car crash led to the death of one of his passengers and injuries to two others pleaded “no contest” Tuesday to driving under the influence of a drug.

Andrew James Gomez, 20, pleaded no contest to felony counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing injury, according to a Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office statement.

After Gomez entered his plea, Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Salvatore Sirna immediately sentenced the defendant to four years and six months in state prison, according to the statement.

The crash took place about 3:50 a.m. April 29 on Lark Ellen Avenue, near Vine Avenue, West Covina police Lt. Ron Allen said in April.

Gomez was at the wheel of a Chevrolet Cobalt when it veered off the roadway and struck a light pole along the west side of Lark Ellen Avenue, according to West Covina police officials and Los Angeles County booking records.

Jesse Raymond Jaco, 20, was pronounced dead at the scene, said coroner’s spokesman Ed Winter in May. He said Jaco was sitting in the back seat of the car.

Following the crash, Gomez was treated for his injuries before being booked on suspicion of murder, Allen said in April.

In May, Gomez pleaded not guilty to the same charges.

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