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Woman who killed trucker on I-80 near Davis drove sedated, DA says

Giuseppe Santuccio, crash victim
Giuseppe Santuccio, crash victim Photo provided by Yolo County District Attorney’s Office

A 27-year-old Woodland woman, who was driving under the influence of methadone and Xanax, has been sentenced to more than four years in state prison after pleading no contest to vehicular manslaughter in the death of truck driver Giuseppe Santuccio.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel P. Maguire on Thursday sentenced Jacqueline Ochoa Torres to four years and four months in prison.

Ochoa Torres pleaded no contest in September to vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of a drug causing death or great bodily injury, according to a Yolo County District Attorney’s Office news release.

In the late afternoon of Oct. 2, 2015, Ochoa Torres was traveling on Interstate 80 from Sacramento to Davis. Shortly before getting behind the wheel, she had visited a methadone clinic. After the clinic visit, she took twice her normal methadone dosage, as well as Xanax, which was not prescribed to her, authorities said.

As Ochoa Torres was driving along Interstate 80, another motorist noticed she was driving erratically. Two drivers reported seeing Ochoa Torres drift onto the shoulder of the highway, where her vehicle struck a pedestrian and a stopped tractor trailer near Mace Boulevard.

Giuseppe Santuccio, 51, of Hillsborough, had stopped along I-80 to adjust the load on the trailer. He was standing near the rear of the stopped rig when he was hit, according to the California Highway Patrol. He suffered severe injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy