Repeat DUI offender sentenced to 22 years in deadly South Sacramento collision

A person who was convicted recently in the South Sacramento DUI vehicle collision death of one person and the injury of two others was sentenced this week in Sacramento Superior Court.

Judge Laurel White sentenced Angel Bahena to 22 years to life in prison by Sacramento Superior Court following his October 26, 2023, jury conviction of second-degree murder, vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, DUI causing injury, and DUI causing injury with a BAC more than .08%. 

On May 15, 2022, Bahena ran a red light at the intersection of Florin Perkins Road and Elder Creek Road and collided with the victim’s vehicle. Marilyn Pillos sustained fatal blunt-force trauma injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. 

A second victim sustained severe blunt force trauma injuries, including a lung contusion, broken ribs, and a laceration to his liver, and the third victim sustained lacerations to her body. Bahena sustained injuries and was transported to the hospital. 

The blood test showed Bahena had a .11% BAC and a toxicology result that was presumptive positive for cocaine and cocaine metabolite. Bahena has two prior convictions involving driving under the influence of alcohol. 

In both of his prior convictions, he was provided with the Watson advisement, which is an advisement that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous to human life and might lead to a charge of murder if someone is killed as a result.

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