Driver Gets 8.5 Years for Deadly DUI

Solomon Aguilera was drunk, high during March 29, 2009 crash, prosecutors said

By Aixa Velez
|  Saturday, Mar 27, 2010  |  Updated 11:15 AM CDT
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SAN BRUNO, CA - NOVEMBER 27: A man is given a field sobriety test after he was stopped by San Bruno Police officers at a DUI checkpoint November 27, 2006 in San Bruno, California. San Francisco Bay Area law enforcement agencies have begun to set up DUI checkpoints as the holiday season gets underway. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

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A Chicago man was sentenced to 8.5 years in prison in connection with a drunken driving crash last year that killed one woman and seriously injured two others.

Solomon Aguilera was sentenced Friday -- his third DUI conviction -- by Judge Carol Kipperman, reported the Chicago Tribune.

While Aguilera's sentencing is within state guidelines, Kipperman seems to lack consistency.  Last year she sentenced a Melrose Park man to 10 years in prison for a fatal crash and his first DUI conviction. And she gave a Cicero man seven years in prison for his first DUI and killing a bicyclist.

It raises the question of why Aguilera received such a light sentence after his third DUI and fatal crash.

"It's ridiculous," Lissette Hernandez, the daughter of the woman killed, told the Tribune.  "It's nowhere near enough time to justify what he did."

Aguilera's blood-alcohol content was 0.24 and he had cocaine in his system when he crashed into an SUV March 29, 2009, killing Angelina Meza-Hernandez, 57, according to Assistant State's Attorney Jamie Santini.

Two others were seriously injured in the crash, Meza-Hernandez's sister, Margarita Rios, 63, and brother, David Meza, 45.

They each required surgeries and physical therapy to help recover.

Meza-Hernandez died before she could meet her grandchild, and Hernandez feels the loss not having her mother around the house anymore.

“Now it’s lonely, quiet and filled with sadness,” said Hernandez.

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