Teens to Be Sentenced in Racing Death in Eugene OR

two Eugene teens could face wrongful death suitTwo Springfield Oregon teens will soon face sentencing for killing a bystander while racing their cars down a residential road at more than 100 mph.  One of the teens swerved to avoid a pedestrian and struck the other vehicle.  Full details are below.

Two 17-year-old Springfield boys are to be sentenced Tuesday in the death of a Pleasant Hill man killed as the teens raced their cars along the victim’s street.

David Pena-Gomez pleaded guilty Friday to second-degree manslaughter and other charges. His co-defendant, Jonathan Delgado, pleaded guilty to similar charges earlier this month.

The Register-Guard reports that the teens are expected to get more than six years in an Oregon Youth Authority facility.

Police said the boys told investigators that they were driving their cars at about 100 mph June 9 when Gomez swerved to avoid a woman in the road and sideswiped Delgado’s car. The impact of that collision sent the cars spinning out of control.

One careened off the roadway, hitting and killing Roland Vilett, who was standing in a drainage ditch near his driveway.  Albany Democrat Herald

Eugene actually has relatively low traffic fatality statistics.  This is just one instance of a wrongful death case caused by reckless behavior behind the wheel.

 

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