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An unlicensed drunken driver who fatally struck a motorcyclist in Valley Center pleaded guilty Wednesday to charges that include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Oswaldo Garcia, 40, faces up to a decade in prison when he is sentenced for the death of Kaulana Miller, a 26-year-old Valley Center resident who was hit by a pickup truck on May 16, 2021.

Miller was struck at about 1:45 p.m. by a truck making a left-hand turn in front of him from Irish Oaks Road onto Valley Center Road, according to the San Diego County Medical Examiner’s Office. He was taken to Palomar Medical Center in Escondido, where he was pronounced dead about five hours later.

Garcia also pleaded guilty to misdemeanor counts of being an unlicensed driver and getting behind the wheel while his driving privileges were suspended or revoked.

At his arraignment last year, a prosecutor said he was arrested in March 2020 and March 2021 for separate DUI offenses and released from custody each time.

City News Service contributed to this article.



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