San Diego Superior Court in Vista
San Diego Superior Court in Vista. File photo

An unlicensed drunk driver who struck and killed a motorcyclist in Valley Center last year was sentenced Thursday to six years in state prison.

Oswaldo Garcia, 41, pleaded guilty in August to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated in connection with the death of Kaulana Miller, 26, of Valley Center, 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 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 doctors pronounced him 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. In addition to the manslaughter case, the judge sentenced Garcia for the two misdemeanor DUIs, which also occurred in North County.

– City News Service


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