Drunken driver sentenced in crash that injured toddler

first_imgCody De Luca didn’t mince words when she told a judge just how close her 3-year-old son came to death last summer.“He was being held in the angels’ hands that day is the only reason we still have him,” De Luca said. “We came within inches of losing our son.”A drunken driver who plowed his car through the De Luca family’s home, seriously injuring toddler Joshua, pleaded guilty Thursday to vehicular assault and hit and run.Clark County Superior Court Judge Robert Lewis sentenced Vancouver driver Rajneel Singh — who has a prior DUI conviction — to one year in prison, but warned what would happen if Singh doesn’t change his behavior.“The only remedy after this is to put you away for as long as possible,” Lewis said.Singh, who had a suspended license and no insurance, was driving the evening of Aug. 28 when he sideswiped a vehicle on Interstate 205 and kept going, Senior Deputy Prosecutor Kasey Vu said. Singh continued driving at a high rate of speed in an effort to flee from the driver he hit, Vu said.The motorist followed Singh’s car as Singh exited the freeway in Salmon Creek. That’s when Singh, 27, crashed into the De Luca house after trying to make a turn onto Northeast 20th Avenue and losing control of his Scion Hatchback.last_img

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