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Man Pleads Guilty To Vehicular Homicide After Hitting DOT Truck In Rye

A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday.
A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular manslaughter on Wednesday. Photo Credit: File

RYE, N.Y. -- A Norwalk man pleaded guilty to two counts of vehicular homicide and one count of driving while intoxicated Wednesday for killing a passenger in his car after hitting a stationary Department of Transportation truck on Interstate 95 in Rye last year, according to Westchester County District Attorney Janet DiFiore.

Jose Ramirez, 24, was traveling north on I-95 near the intersection of Interstate 287 at approximately 90 mph on Feb. 28 last year. Ramirez slammed into a stationary DOT truck, causing it to flip over. The driver of the DOT truck sustained serious injuries, the district attorney said.

Kellman Villa-Santos, a passenger in Ramirez' vehicle, died as a result of his injuries. Emmanuel Gonzalez, the backseat passenger, suffered a traumatic brain injury, paralysis, loss of memory and a host of other injuries as a result of the accident, the district attorney said.

Ramirez was taken to the hospital, where a blood test revealed his blood alcohol content to be .14 percent.

He will be sentenced on Aug. 27 and faces up to 25 years in prison.

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