SAN DIEGO -- A man who killed a Lyft driver when he crashed into a car while driving drunk, was sentenced to 16 years in prison Thursday.
Steven Quintero, 26, was convicted of driving under the influence, driving on a suspended license, hit and run, and other charges. Prosecutors dropped a seond-degree murder charge after two previous juries deadlocked on that allegation.
Quintero crashed into a Lyft car being driven by Henry O. Reyes on Oct. 1, 2016. Reyes, 41, an Escondido resident, had stopped on the side of state Route 94 to help a sick passenger. He was killed in the crash.
“You are getting a slap on the wrist for taking the life of my brother. Steven, it may not be on your criminal record -- but in my heart you are a murderer," said Evette Roux, Reyes' sister, in the courtroom.
Reyes' passengers, three young women, were also injured in the crash. All gave impact statements during the sentencing.
"I watched his demeanor during the trial not once did he look ashamed or display any emotion. It is disgusting to see that another person can have such little regard for human life," said Jessica Techel, one of the three Lyft passengers.
Quintero had a previous DUI conviction. The judge sentenced him without probation.