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VISTA, Calif. — A man who had prescription drugs in his system when he blew through a red light in Carlsbad, killing a 20-year-old restaurant employee driving home from work, was sentenced Thursday to seven years in state prison.

jail-cellZachary Hulcer, 34, pleaded guilty last month to a felony charge of gross vehicular manslaughter while under the influence. He was also sentenced on a misdemeanor vandalism charge.

Hulcer was arrested in late April in connection with the Feb. 24 collision that took the life of Brendon Arce, whose Mustang was struck on Rancho Santa Fe Road by a southbound Buick driven by the defendant.

Deputy District Attorney Keith Watanabe said authorities estimated Hulcer ran a red light at 80 to 100 mph.

Arce was making a left onto the road from Calle Barcelona when his car was struck just before 10 p.m. The victim had just finished his shift at Casa de Bandini, family members said.

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  • Fred

    Should have been a murder charge and he should be gone for life, just like the victim!

    He made the choice to be drugged and that is intent.

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