(DUI Crash) Driver ordered to pay friend’s medical costsApril 16, 2012 No Comments
Driver ordered to pay friend’s medical costs A judge ordered a drunken driver to pay more than $7,500 in medical bills to a passenger who was severely injured when he struck a streetlight and two trees in the 2400 block of Ingraham Street in 2011.
Oscar Solis, Jr., 25, was ordered to pay restitution during a March 26 hearing for Mindy Smith, who was injured in the Feb. 17, 2011 incident.
Solis is serving a one-year jail term handed down by Judge Theodore Weathers on Dec. 20. Solis pleaded guilty to drunken driving with injury, hit and run with injuries, and to giving a false report to police.
Solis agreed to waive all his past and present jail credits to avoid a prison term. His tentative release is set for Sept. 17, according to the Sheriff ’s Department, which is almost a full year since his arrest.
Solis was intoxicated when he crashed his vehicle into the street light, snapped it off and crashed his vehicle into two trees. Solis got out of the car and ran off, leaving his passenger without help, according to court records.
Solis got a cab ride on Sea World Drive and called police from the cab, saying he had been carjacked. He gave the approximate address where the car came to rest. He became a fugitive and was believed to have lived in San Jose for awhile. He was arrested in September.
Smith suffered multiple fractures and a dislocated hip and shoulder. Some of her medical expenses were paid by Solis’ car insurance company, but the amount of more than $7,500 amounted to what was still owed.
Weathers suspended a six-year, eightmonth prison term, which Solis won’t have to serve unless he violates conditions of his five years’ probation. Those conditions include a ban on possessing or drinking alcohol for five years. He was fined nearly $2,300.
Source: Beach & Bay Press, SDNEWS.comDrunk Drivers