LOS ANGELES - A teenage boy who was speeding in a Lamborghini SUV that slammed into and killed a woman in West Los Angeles was sentenced Thursday to seven to nine months in a juvenile detention center with four years of probation.
The accident happened February 17, 2021 at about 5 p.m. on Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue.
LAPD says the teenager, who was 17-years-old at the time of the crash, was speeding in a Lamborghini SUV, lost control and crashed into Monique Munoz’ Lexus. Munoz died on scene, the teenager sustained serious head injuries.
The teenager pled guilty to felony vehicular manslaughter as a juvenile in April.
Family members and friends of Munoz urged the judge to impose the maximum punishment against the driver. Following Thursday's sentencing the Munoz family told FOX 11 that this sentence doesn’t provide any justice to them.
"When you take a life, you got to give a life and that’s not the case here. It’s more of a lollipop sentencing and that’s what he got. Nine months and four years probation, I don’t agree with that. Like I stated before, rehabilitation absolutely... if your kid is incorrigible then he needs that rehabilitation, but not when they have committed a heinous crime like this, which is murder," Munoz’ uncle Richard Cartier told FOX 11.
The teen, whose name was not released because of his age, apologized to Munoz's family saying, "Please know that I am so deeply sorry from the bottom of my heart."
In mid-October, a prosecutor told a judge that the teenage boy should be sent to a juvenile camp, while the youth's attorney countered that his client should be placed in a private program.
Deputy District Attorney Kelly Kraetsch told Juvenile Court Judge Sabina A. Helton that the 32-year-old woman's life was cut short by the defendant's "recklessness," saying that he was "racing his girlfriend."
The youth's attorney, Mark Werksman, acknowledged that his client was "driving at an excessive speed" and called Munoz's death "a tragic accident," but said that the youth's conduct while he's been on house arrest shows that "he can be a good citizen."
The defense lawyer said the youth -- who spent 10 days in a hospital after the crash and "didn't walk away unscathed" -- has been diagnosed with a number of conditions, including autism spectrum disorder. Placing him in a juvenile camp setting would deprive him of the care he needs, according to Werksman.
Los Angeles Police Department Officer Daniel Whitmore, who analyzed the event data recorder data from the Lamborghini SUV after the crash, testified that the vehicle's speed was recorded at 86 mph five seconds before the impact with the driver's foot "completely on the gas pedal 100%" and the vehicle's speed reaching 106 mph less than two seconds before the collision.
The officer said the data then showed the Lamborghini's driver applying the vehicle's brakes, with the impact occurring as he was traveling somewhere between 77 and 92 mph when he collided with Munoz's Lexus.
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