An Alhambra man who was on probation in a DUI case was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder for a drunken crash on the Foothill (210) Freeway in Claremont that killed a 27-year-old Las Vegas man.
Jurors deliberated about two days before convicting Ryan Munoz, 39, in connection with the June 28, 2014, crash that killed Gevork Krpikyan.
Munoz was westbound on the freeway when his truck rear-ended the Dodge pickup, forcing the vehicle onto a raised dirt embankment where it rolled over, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Krpikyan was thrown from the Dodge, in which he was a passenger. The vehicle’s driver was treated for head cuts and bruises.
Munoz took off, but was taken into custody after a witness spotted his vehicle in a driveway near the accident scene and called authorities.
Evidence presented at trial showed that Munoz’s blood-alcohol content was at least 0.20 percent at the time of the crash — 2 1/2 times the legal limit. He was on probation at the time for a 2012 DUI conviction.
Munoz is facing 15 years to life in state prison, with sentencing set for Nov. 18 in a Pomona courtroom.
— City News Service
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