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Hayward man sentenced for 2013 death of tow truck driver in Yolo County

A 73-year-old Hayward man convicted of misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter in the 2013 death of a tow truck driver in Yolo County has been sentenced to 120 days in county jail.

Yolo County Superior Court Judge Daniel Maguire on Monday also sentenced Pacifico Sanpedro to three years on summary probation, according to a District Attorney’s Office news release.

About 3 a.m. July 28, 2013, Sanpedro was driving an Infiniti sedan that crashed into a Nissan that had just been attached to a tow truck on Highway16, pinning tow operator Christopher Gladden between the towed car and his truck.

Sanpedro was on his way home from a gambling at the Cache Creek Casino when the crash occurred. Gladden was airlifted to UC Davis Medical Center, where he later died of his injuries.

Several witnesses, as well as reconstruction video, indicated that the lights of the tow truck Gladden was operating could be seen from a half-mile away. One witness who was on the side of the road testified as to the brightness of the lights and that all cars traveling in the same direction as Sanpedro were stopping to move around it, authorities said.

Sanpedro testified that he did not see any lights before crashing into the Nissan. Authorities said there was no evidence of tire marks or any other indication that Sanpedro attempted to slow down.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy