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Posted on: July 25, 2017

7/25/2017 - 10-Year Prison Sentence for Drunk Driver Who Struck Crowd

San Antonio, Texas, July 25, 2017: Today, 144th District Court Judge Lorina Rummel sentenced Juan Perez-Turrubiate to 10 years for Intoxication Assault, 10 years for Failure to Stop and Render Aid with Serious Bodily Injury and 5 years for Failure to Stop and Render Aid with Bodily Injury. All of the sentences will be served concurrently, or at the same time. Additionally, the judge ruled the vehicle the defendant drove was used as a deadly weapon, which will require Perez-Turrubiate to serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

On June 12, 2016, around 4 a.m., Juan Perez-Turrubiate, age 23 at the time, crashed his vehicle into a group of people near North General McMullen Drive and West Commerce Street on the city’s west side. One victim was pinned between Perez-Turrubiate’s vehicle and another vehicle, amputating her leg, while a second victim was struck and then dragged underneath Perez-Turrubiate’s vehicle. Perez-Turrubiate left his vehicle and attempted to leave the scene, but was stopped by bystanders and the second victim. Perez-Turrubiate was apprehended by San Antonio Police officers near the crash scene. Perez-Turrubiate’s blood alcohol concentration was .18, more than twice the legal limit of .08.

During his punishment hearing this morning, one of the victim’s expressed how she was not going to give up hope despite the fact that the defendant’s actions took away her leg, her ability to dance, and the time she could have spent with her young child while she was in the hospital and as she continues to recover.

Intoxication Assault is a third degree felony punishable by 2-10 years in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Failure to Stop and Render Aid Causing Serious Bodily Injury is a third degree felony, punishable by 2-10 years in prison, and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Failure to Stop and Render Aid Causing Bodily Injury is a hybrid offense, punishable by 2-5 years in prison. Assistant District Attorney Jason Todd from our DWI Task Force prosecuted the case against Perez-Turrubiate in the 144th District Court.

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