Reno man sentenced to up to 40 years in prison for DUI crash that killed 2 in 2017


    Jesus Rojo-Perez (Photo courtesy Sparks Police Department)

    A Reno man will spend up to 40 years behind bars for a DUI crash that killed two people on February 5, 2017, according to Washoe County District Attorney Chris Hicks.

    Jesus Rojo-Perez, 23, pleaded guilty in January to two courts of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or controlled substance above the legal limit.

    Sparks Police responded to a crash just before 1:50 a.m. on Sunday, February 5 in the area of Greebrae Drive and Rock Boulevard. Investigations revealed Rojo-Perez was driving a large four-door truck west on Greenbrae Drive at a high rate of speed when he ran the stop sign at Rock Boulevard striking a small two-door sedan.

    When police arrived on scene, they located a 28-year-old woman identified as Monica Rice of Sparks and 19-year-old male passenger identified as Omar Castillo-Valdez of Reno dead as a result of the crash. Police say Rojo-Perez was still in the driver's seat, unconscious when they arrived.

    The Major Accident Investigation Team determined the force of the crash caused the victim's vehicle to travel 206 feet where it came to rest colliding with a residence on Greenbrae Drive.

    Rojo-Perez's blood alcohol level was over twice the legal limit at .19 and he also had active intoxication levels of marijuana and cocaine, suggesting recent use of narcotic substances.

    Rojo-Perez will spend up to 40 years behind bars with the eligibility of parole after 14 years.

    Police respond to a crash on Rock Boulevard and Greenbrae Drive in Sparks on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 (SBG)

    Police respond to a crash on Rock Boulevard and Greenbrae Drive in Sparks on Sunday, Feb. 5, 2017 (SBG)


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