EL DORADO COUNTY, Calif. – On Sunday evening (Aug. 9), 33-year-old
wife and mother, R. Piparo was killed in a crash off of Wentworth Springs
Road in Georgetown.
According to officials, her husband, 33-year-old J. Piparo was allegedly
driving under the influence of alcohol when the silver Dodge pickup carrying
the family of four, rolled over.
The family was driving on a heavily wooded, winding road before J. Piparo
lost control of the vehicle. The couple’s two children, ages 3 and
14 months were uninjured, however, their mother took the brunt of the crash.
Investigators believe she was the one that sustained most of the injuries
due to where she was sitting and the direction that the vehicle rolled.
The victim’s husband was arrested on suspicion of DUI and booked
into the El Dorado County Jail. He is facing multiple charges, including
child endangerment, DUI causing bodily injury, and vehicular manslaughter
while intoxicated, FOX 40 reported.
Penalties for Vehicular Manslaughter While Intoxicated
Though Mr. Piparo is facing multiple DUI charges, we’re going to
discuss the most serious charges: vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
Under 191.5 PC, the penalties depend on whether the defendant acted with ordinary negligence
or gross negligence.
If the DUI driver acted with gross negligence, then it is a felony offense
under Penal Code 191.5(a), which is punishable by 4, 6, or 10 years in
prison. But if the person acted with ordinary negligence, they will be
charged with Penal Code 191.5(b).
Under California law, Penal Code 191.5(b) is a wobbler, which means it
can be charged as a misdemeanor or a felony depending on the facts of
the case. The penalties can lead to up to 1 year in county jail, or between
16 months and 4 years in prison (felony penalties).
Facing DUI charges? Contact an Orange County DUI lawyer from the Law Offices
of Virginia L. Landry, Inc. to work with a Board Certified DUI defense