Driving Under the Influence of Marijuana Nets 15 to Life

November 19, 2010 at 8:17 pm 1 comment

I have read many cases where people get 15 to life sentences in California for causing gross vehicle manslaughter with one prior conviction that drank alcohol. This is the first time that I saw somebody get an intoxication manslaughter for driving being stoned. Here is article from the OC Register

“SANTA ANA – A Placentia man was sentenced to 15 years to life in prison Friday for killing one woman and injuring three others when he caused a five-car pile-up on the 91 freeway in 2007 by driving under the influence of marijuana and prescription medicine.
Isaac Robert Longo, 33, pleaded guilty in July to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated with prior convictions for driving under the influence in 1998 and 2000, plus sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury and causing bodily injury to multiple victims.
Longo caused the Nov. 7, 2007, crash when he drove onto the 55 from the Chapman Avenue on-ramp at speeds in excess of 80 mph in his Ford truck, and then continued speeding onto the eastbound 91, according to Deputy District Attorney Jason Baez.
He lost control of his truck while speeding on the shoulder near the Lakeview Avenue exit, fishtailed and crashed into a Honda sedan that was stopped in traffic, Baez said. The force of the crash started a chain-reaction pile-up that impacted three other vehicles.
Cecilia Lopez, 82, a passenger in the Honda, died at the scene due to blunt-force trauma. Her daughter, Katherine Griff, 63, and three other women in two other cars were also injured.
Tests revealed that Longo had been driving under the influence of marijuana and the prescription drugs Clonazepam and Gabapentin, both anti-seizure medications, prosecutors said

The article failed to mention that whether Mr. Longo used the drugs recreationally or took the drugs for seizures. My conjecture is that he took the drugs for legitimate purpose because he had seizures, but he also decided tsmoke some marijuana. The combination of the marijuana and two other drugs resulted in a state that resembles alcoholic intoxication.

The moral of the story is not to mix marijuana with prescription drugs because it could result in the death of somebode else. It could also run a long jail sentence.


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  • 1. kaitlin  |  December 1, 2010 at 6:36 am

    makes me want to drink alchoholic beverages


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