WOODLAND, Calif. - A Redwood City man was sentenced to a term of 30 years to life Thursday for crashing his car while intoxicated and subsequently killing his own wife and child.
Yolo County D.A. Jeff Reisig said a Yolo County jury found 47-year-old Reyes Barajas of Redwood City guilty on two counts of Second Degree Murder and two counts of Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while Intoxicated.
On September 3, Barajas drove his 39-year-old wife Ann Marie and his 14-year-old son Marco from Clearlake to Redwood City after visiting with family. Witnesses at the trial testified Barajas was driving in excess of 75 m.p.h. on State Route 16 when he lost control of his vehicle, said Reisig.
An accident re-constructionist from the CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team stated that Barajas allowed the truck to drift off the right side of the road and rolled when he attempted to correct it back to the left. The car tumbled 20 feet down an embankment before stopping, killing Ann Marie and Marco in the process.
Barajas was transported by air to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital. It was determined that his blood alcohol level at the time of the wreck was 0.19, said Reisig.
According to Reisig, Barajas, who had previously been convicted on three separate counts of DUI, had been required to attend Alcohol Education Classes for over four years.
"Barajas had been warned on many, many occasions that it was extremely dangerous to human life to drive under the influence of alcohol, but he continued to do so and as a result Ann Marie and Marco paid the ultimate price," said Reisig. "Today the jury held him accountable for that fateful decision."