West Sacramento resident Gerardo Lopez was sentenced to six years and eight months in prison Thursday after previously pleading no contest to drunkenly striking Sherrie Ann McKinney with his car, killing her almost instantly.
On May 30, 2017, Lopez was spotted driving recklessly on Interstate 5 in Woodland before exiting on Old River Road, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release. He was clocked at 88 mph turning onto West Capitol Avenue in West Sacramento, nearly twice the speed limit, and headed into the opposing lane of traffic at one point before reversing course.
Lopez, 23, didn't stop when he reached a red light at West Capitol Avenue's intersection with Interstate 80. Instead, he sped through at 82 mph, striking McKinney a few steps into the crosswalk from the curb, the release said.
After hitting McKinney, Lopez crashed his truck into the back of another car, swerved over a curb, drove through a traffic sign, entered a park-and-ride lot and hit an unoccupied, parked car. He hopped out of the car and tried to flee on a bicycle from the truck bed, but was quickly arrested, according to authorities.
Police found marijuana scattered throughout the back of Lopez's truck and a empty child's car seat. He had a blood alcohol content of 0.17 percent, more than double the legal limit, at the time of his arrest, the release said.
On Jan. 24, Lopez pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter while driving under the influence and driving under the influence causing injury. The driver in the first car he hit after running over McKinney suffered a back injury as a result of the crash.
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