The California Supreme Court refused Wednesday to review the case of a repeat DUI offender who was convicted of fleeing from the scene of a crash and colliding with another car in North Hills, killing a 42-year-old woman.

Estuardo Alvarado is serving a state prison sentence of more than 21 years to life on charges stemming from the Feb. 19, 2017, collision that killed Sandra Duran.

The first jury to hear the case against Alvarado deadlocked on a murder charge, but convicted him of one count each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, driving with over a 0.08% blood-alcohol content and hit-and-run driving resulting in injury.

At his second trial, jurors found Alvarado guilty of second-degree murder.

In a ruling last Nov. 4, a three-justice panel from California’s 2nd District Court of Appeal rejected the defense’s claims that his conviction for gross vehicular manslaughter in his first trial precluded his second trial for murder under double jeopardy principles and that jurors in his second trial shouldn’t have seen video from a responding officer’s body camera in the aftermath of the fatal crash.

The appellate court panel noted that it is “undisputed Alvarado was highly intoxicated” when he struck a Honda Civic and “chose to get back in his car to flee” from the scene.

“He drove over 60 miles per hour in a 40-mile-per-hour zone, ran a red light and rammed into Duran’s car. He continued on until he ran over the median divider and hit a parked car,” the panel noted in its 18-page ruling.

Duran was pronounced dead at the scene from multiple blunt-force injuries, and one of her passengers was hospitalized for at least a week, according to the ruling.

The justices noted that the record demonstrates that Alvarado was “aware of the dangers of driving while intoxicated” in light of his three prior DUIs in 1997, 2001 and 2006.

“He admitted in jailhouse calls that he was intoxicated and his girlfriend had warned him repeatedly about the consequences of driving drunk,” the appellate court panel added in its ruling.

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