Our son’s high school friend, Ryan Hoppe, was awaiting trial for causing the vehicular death of Christine Shimosaka last year. He was intoxicated at the time of the accident. What was the outcome of his trial?
– Dana, Sacramento
Ryan David Hoppe pleaded no contest in July to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in the September 2013 death of 35-year-old Christine Shimosaka of Sacramento.
Hoppe, a Sacramento resident, was sentenced earlier this month to 10 years in state prison, according to Sacramento Superior Court online records. Now 29 years old, he is at Deuel Vocational Institution in Tracy.
According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, Shimosaka was riding in the back seat of a car at about 1:50 a.m. Sept. 1, 2013. The car was eastbound on the Watt Avenue off ramp, traveling about 40 mph, when it was rear-ended by a sport utility vehicle traveling at a high rate of speed driven by Hoppe.
The car Shimosaka was in traveled into the cloverleaf area and rolled. Shimosaka was killed, and three other people in the car were injured.
Hoppe’s SUV hit a highway barrier and rolled onto its side. Hoppe was ejected from the vehicle and was transported to an area hospital with injuries.