- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 13, 2017

GLENWOOD SPRINGS, Colo. (AP) - A judge sentenced a 19-year-old man to six years in prison for a wreck in western Colorado that killed a 17-year-old passenger in May.

The Post Independent reports the sentence handed down on Tuesday came after Gerardo Banda pleaded guilty in November to vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving under the influence.

Authorities say Banda was driving the car that held six people when he lost control, and the vehicle rolled into a 200-foot (91-meter) ravine near Carbondale. Five people were taken to a hospital, and the wreck caused the death of Ayleen Ruiz Alvarado.

Prosecutors say Banda’s blood-alcohol content was about double the legal limit, and he allowed more people in the car than what it was designed to hold.

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Information from: Post Independent, http://www.postindependent.com/


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