Photo by Alexander Nguyen
Photo by Alexander Nguyen

A man admitted Wednesday that he was under the influence of a drug when he caused a crash that killed a 10-year-old boy in Anaheim nearly a year ago, and he was immediately sentenced to three years in prison.

Gary Stephen Hunt, 42, pleaded guilty to driving under the influence of a drug causing injury and admitted a sentencing enhancement for inflicting great bodily harm. A felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated was dismissed under the plea deal put forth by the prosecutor on the case, Jennifer Walker.

Defense attorney Dennis O’Connell said his client was driving under the influence of Xanax at the time of the collision that killed 10-year-old Rafael Ramirez of Anaheim just before midnight last Oct. 18.

Hunt checked himself into a drug rehabilitation program before being ordered to do so, his attorney said.

“He’s been extremely remorseful through the whole process and has been going out to church groups and any organizations out there willing to listen to him about the dangers of driving under the influence,” O’Connell said. “He is just racked with grief over how this all happened.”

A Toyota Camry carrying the boy and four other family members was stopped on Euclid Street at La Palma Avenue for a red light when it was rear- ended by a full-size Toyota Tundra pickup truck driven by Hunt, according to Anaheim police.

The initial crash led to a collision with a third vehicle, a Honda Civic, according to police.

Orange County Superior Court Judge Roger Robbins ordered Hunt to report to prison by Oct. 30.

— City News Service

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