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Driver sentenced for crash that dragged baby

The man convicted of a hit-and-run accident that dragged a baby and a toddler down a Long Beach sidewalk was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.

March 9, 2011 12:52:29 AM PST
The man convicted of a hit-and-run accident that dragged a baby and a toddler down a Long Beach sidewalk was sentenced to prison on Tuesday.

Neely Dinkins, 35, received 36 years and eight months to life in prison for the 2009 accident.

Last month, Dinkins was found guilty of several charges, including second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Prosecutors say Dinkins' SUV struck a red wagon, killing 13-month-old Kaylee Alvarez and seriously injuring her 2-year old brother.

A bystander grabbed the boy, but Dinkins drove off with the girl lodged under the SUV.

Dinkins drove about a mile to his girlfriend's house, where the girl was pronounced dead at the scene of multiple traumatic injuries, the prosecutor said.

Police said Dinkins was arrested nearby and had a blood-alcohol content of .20 percent about an hour after the crash.

"This ruined my life," Alexi Alvarez told the judge, noting that the daughter he and his wife had always wanted had "barely started walking."

City News Service contributed to this report.


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