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Mom reaches plea deal in vehicular manslaughter of daughters

July 15, 2018

SANTA ROSA, Calif. (AP) — A California mother facing charges of gross vehicular manslaughter of her children after losing control of her car and plunging into the Petaluma River has reached a plea agreement.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports Sonoma County Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell says Alejandra Hernandez-Ruiz, of Rohnert Park, changed her plea from not guilty to no contest to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter, one for each of her daughters.

Hernandez-Ruiz was arrested in 2017, more than a year after she sped through traffic, lost control of her car and plunged into the river, killing her two daughters, 9-year-old Delilah Gonzalez and 7-year-old Sayra Gonzalez.

Investigators learned there were no child safety seats in the car.

Staebell says the agreement would require Hernandez-Ruiz to serve one year in custody, which she will have completed on her Aug. 7 sentencing hearing.

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Information from: San Francisco Chronicle, http://www.sfgate.com

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