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A former emergency medical technician was sentenced Friday to four years in state prison for a drunken crash that killed a tow truck operator working on a disabled vehicle on the San Diego (405) Freeway in Long Beach.

Raymond Burley III, 28, of Los Angeles pleaded guilty July 25 to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated involving an early morning crash Dec. 9, 2012, that killed Faapuna Mac Manu, 27, on impact, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Burley was driving home from a party when he crashed into the tow truck operator, according to Deputy District Attorney Vance Davis.

Evidence presented at Burley’s preliminary hearing established that he was driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.11 percent, according to the District Attorney’s Office.

The crash occurred on a painted shoulder at the northbound onramp from Orange Avenue at about 2 a.m. as the tow truck operator was fixing a tire for a disabled Mercedes-Benz, authorities said.

Burley tried to slash his wrists immediately after the fatal collision, according to court testimony.

City News Service

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