A Woodland man pleaded no contest to felony vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run charges Wednesday in connection with the August death of a pedestrian on Woodland’s Main Street.
Ivan Martinez, 19, is expected to receive a six-year prison sentence at his Nov. 13 sentencing, according to the Yolo County District Attorney’s Office, which revealed that Martinez’s blood-alcohol content was more than twice the legal limit when he struck Douglas William Gatie on the sidewalk in front of a Chase Bank branch.
“Doug was known to many and liked by all. His death was tragic and avoidable. There’s no reason why someone should be driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.18 percent or at the speeds the defendant was driving,” Deputy District Attorney Matt DeMoura said in a prepared statement.
“While no sentence can replace the loss of a life, it is our hope that this conviction will protect the public from another senseless act and deter others from engaging in similar conduct.”
Yolo County Public Defender Tracie Olson, whose office represents Martinez, declined to comment on the plea deal. The agreement, reached just as the case was to be scheduled for trial, involved two counts — gross vehicular manslaughter and hit-and-run causing death.
Gatie, 53, died at the scene of the collision, which occurred during the early-morning hours of Aug. 5 and marked the third fatal hit-and-run of a pedestrian to occur in the Woodland in just over a month’s time.
Police said Martinez fled the scene after striking Gatie on the sidewalk but left his license plate behind, which enabled officers to track him down a short time later.
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