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Man sentenced to 9 years for deadly DUI crash

VIENNA, IL (KFVS) -

A Boles man was sentenced to nine years in prison after a deadly DUI crash two years ago.

Manuel Gonzalez a.k.a. Emanuel D. Gonzales, 27, of Boles was charged with aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol, leaving the scene of an accident, and aggravated driving under the influence of alcohol while the defendant's license was suspended for a crash on May 30, 2009.

Gonzalez was sentenced to nine years for the aggravated DUI charge alleging the death of a woman, three years concurrently for the aggravated DUI while license suspended  and leaving the scene of an accident charges.

The charges stem from a traffic crash on May 30,2009 in which a Rebecca Elliot was killed when the car she was riding in was struck by Gonzalez's vehicle.

According to the Johnson County State's Attorney, Gonzalez was at the Bee Hive Tavern in Buncombe on May 29, the same place Elliot and two of her friends were.

Gonzalez asked for Elliot's phone number and followed the women to the parking lot asking them to go home with him, according to the Johnson County State's Attorney.  The women refused and left.  Shortly after, The Johnson County State's Attorney says Gonzalez spun out of the parking lot and rear-ended the vehicle while traveling more than 60 miles per hour.  He then abandoned the vehicle and walked to a friend's home.

Elliot was killed in the crash.  The two other women, Darshanna Pittman and Suzan Barnes, were injured.

When a blood alcohol test was conducted on Gonzalez about two hours after the crash, he had more than twice the legal limit. 

At the time, Gonzalez had a suspended driver's license for a DUI arrest in 2007.

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