In the late ’90s or early 2000s, a guy was racing down Franklin Boulevard in Elk Grove and killed two brothers when they were making a left turn, splitting their car in half. Last I heard, he was sentenced to prison. Is he still there?
– Tom, Elk Grove
Clinton Colon pleaded no-contest to charges that included vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence in the June 2006 crash that killed 15-year-old Anthony Mondragon.
Colon was sentenced in October 2008 to 15 years and eight months in prison. Now 26 years old, he is incarcerated at Valley State Prison in Chowcilla.
According to stories in The Bee, Mondragon and a friend were passengers in a Honda driven by Mondragon’s older brother, Chris Parker. As Parker prepared to make a left turn off Franklin Boulevard at Roselin Way, the Honda was struck by a Camaro driven by Colon. The Camaro was traveling an estimated 100 mph when it broadsided the Honda, splitting the Honda in half. Parker was seriously injured, but survived, as did four other people involved in the collision of the two vehicles.
An off-duty California Highway Patrol officer had jotted down Colon’s license plate number after watching him, in his white Camaro, race a black Camaro on Highway 99 between Elk Grove Boulevard and Arno Road about an hour before the 4:30 p.m. collision. But investigators determined that the black Camaro’s driver was not involved in the crash at Roselin Way.
When the two Camaros exited the freeway, authorities said, it appeared that Colon opened up the throttle, but the driver of the black Camaro did not race him.
Colon also pleaded no-contest to a count of aiding and abetting a speed contest, a charge stemming from a previous conviction of being a passenger during an illegal street race.