Man gets 15 years to life for causing fatal crash near Paso Robles
December 20, 2013
A Bakersfield man received a prison sentence of 15 years to life for causing a fatal accident at a North County construction site while under the influence of prescription drugs. [Tribune]
On Nov. 7, 2012, Jerad Cross, 32, was driving a truck hauling two large containers at a construction site near Paso Robles when he crashed into a pickup truck, which was stopped behind a semi-truck. The collision killed Richard Gamez, 45, of Clovis.
Investigators determined that, at the time of the collision, Cross was high on prescription drugs that he snorted.
Prior to the fatal crash, Cross had five speeding tickets, three at-fault accidents and a DUI.
A San Luis Obispo jury convicted Cross second-degree murder, as well as of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and possession of drug paraphernalia.