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Husband Faces Prison After Wife Dies in DUI Crash

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).

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