By Associated Press - Wednesday, April 29, 2015

FRESNO, Calif. (AP) - An unlicensed Riverdale driver will serve three years of probation for killing five people in a fiery collision last February.

The Fresno Bee reports ( ) that the victims’ family says the sentence given to Juana Martinez Bejarano is too light. She was sentenced Tuesday for running a stop sign in her minivan and killing 29-year-old Esmeralda Tafoya-Saucedo and her four children.

Tafoya-Saucdeo’s sister described the punishment as “a slap on the hand.”

Martinez Bejarano’s attorney Sam Salhab said the crash was an accident and that she wasn’t speeding, texting or using a phone.

Her punishment includes a work program and electronic monitoring.

Martinez Bejarano said through an interpreter that she is sorry, but the family called the apology insincere.


Information from: The Fresno Bee,

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