Family of man killed in DUI crash in Riverside County calls for tougher punishments

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The family of a 53-year-old man who was killed by a woman who was driving while intoxicated is publicly calling for tougher punishments for those convicted of DUI.

Jordan Figueroa, daughter of Eduardo Gutierrez, who was killed while riding his motorcycle in Riverside County last August, said that the driver who hit him was sentenced to a year in jail.

Eduardo Gutierrez, shown in this undated photo, was riding his motorcycle when a woman who was driving while intoxicated struck and killed him. (Jordan Figueroa)
Eduardo Gutierrez, shown in this undated photo, was riding his motorcycle when a woman who was driving while intoxicated struck and killed him. (Jordan Figueroa)

The driver, Cecilia Martinez, was allowed to serve the rest of her sentence on house arrest after only a week behind bars, Figueroa said.

“She gets to be home with her kids and kiss them tonight and live her life like normal. We have to deal with pain and grief,” Figueroa said.

Martinez, who pleaded guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, was also sentenced to five years of probation and was given credit for 58 days of time already served behind bars.

A GoFundMe has been set up for Gutierrez’s family, as has a Change.org petition that seeks sentences of at least five years for DUI drivers in fatal crashes.

Correction: An earlier version of this article gave an incorrect spelling for Cecilia Martinez’s first name. The post has been updated.

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