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A Riverside County man convicted of murder, DUI and other charges stemming from a crash on a freeway offramp in Rosemead that left a woman dead was sentenced Tuesday to 20 years to life in prison.

Juan Gabriel Rios, 25, of Perris, was convicted last October of one felony count each of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol content causing injury and hit-and-run driving resulting in death or serious injury to another person.

Jurors also found true an allegation of personal infliction of great bodily injury.

The charges stemmed from a collision that occurred late in the evening of Nov. 7, 2014, when Rios tried to enter the San Bernardino (10) Freeway and crashed his car into another vehicle near the Rosemead Boulevard exit, according to Deputy District Attorney Lauren Guber.

Kit Ching Leung — a 58-year-old Temple City resident who was in the other vehicle — died at a hospital.

Rios’ vehicle went down an embankment and he fled the scene after the crash. He was arrested early the next day by the California Highway Patrol.

–City News Service

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