Marine Pleads Guilty to Vehicular Manslaughter

The woman responsible for a fatal car accident in February of 2012 pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter, according to Ashley Louise Maya, a marine, was intoxicated after leaving a nightclub prior to the accident. Maya left the club with three passengers, got onto the interstate and proceeded to drive at speeds in excess of 90 mph.

Front-seat passenger Bryan Salcido asked Maya to slow down twice. Maya lost control of the car around a turn and flipped over, ejected Salcido and backseat passenger Vasty Castillo. Castillo suffered a broken back and a fourth passenger, a fellow marine, Cpl. Pedro Conceicao, was killed.

“All the parties knew one another, they were all friends, and they knew the history of their drinking on that particular night and they chose to get in the car and make an effort to get home,” prosecutor Jim Waters said. “When police arrived at the scene, she was cradling the head of the deceased, and at that time police thought she was seriously injured because there was so much blood on her blouse. In fact, it was the decedent’s blood.”

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