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Ask Sacto 911 crime Q&A: What happened to defendant in fiery 2010 crash in south Sacramento?

Q: What happened to the Carrasco vs. the People case, where young men were killed in an accident on Cosumnes and Calvine Road in Sacramento?

Dougherty, Natomas

A: Omar Carrasco pleaded guilty to felony hit-and-run in a collision at Cosumnes River Boulevard and Center Parkway that killed three young men and injured another.

He was sentenced in November 2010 to four years in prison. Carrasco’s name does not appear in the online roster of current California State Prison inmates.

The crash occurred at 3:30 a.m. March 5, 2010. According to stories in The Sacramento Bee, two vehicles, a Lincoln and an Acura, collided near the middle of the intersection. The Acura caught fire with two men inside and both died. Two other men, believed to have been occupants of the Acura, were found outside the vehicle. One was pronounced dead at the scene.

Killed in the collision were Raoul Perez, 23; Manuel Ruiz, 25; and Gregory Valenzuela, 22.

Police arrested Carrasco, the driver of the Lincoln, after receiving a call from medical staff members at Kaiser South Medical Center, where he had gone to be treated for injuries.

According to Sacramento Superior Court and Department of Motor Vehicle records, Carrasco had pleaded no contest to a misdemeanor drunken driving charge in January 2008. His license had been suspended was reinstated two days before the 2010 crash.

Cathy Locke: 916-321-5287, @lockecathy

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