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Drunk driver sentenced to seven years

September 16, 2010 12:00:00 AM PDT
A man who killed one friend and injured another while driving drunk was sentenced to seven years in prison Wednesday.Rigoberto Mendozamora, 21, pleaded guilty to one felony count of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated.

Last March, Mendozamora was driving under the influence of alcohol at 2:45 a.m. on the Pacific Coast Highway in Dana Point at high speeds. He lost control of the car and crashed into a tree, killing friend Jesus Avalos-Munguia, 24, who was his passenger, and seriously injuring his other passenger, Daniel Higuera.

When police arrived at the scene, Medozamora exhibited signs of intoxication.