According to the San Antonio Express-News, Ricky Cantu, 58, was under the influence when he caused a crash that killed 51-year-old Rudy Borrego. Testimony established that on February 24, 2018 at around 7:00 pm, Cantu made a left turn into a parking lot from the 2100 block of South Loredo Street, pulling right in front of Borrego and causing the collision.
Following the crash, Cantu was charged with murder, intoxication manslaughter, and manslaughter. His charges were upgraded due to two prior convictions of driving while intoxicated.
During trial, a medical examiner testified that Cantu’s blood-alcohol content was .21 after the crash – nearly three times the legal limit. Further, Cantu refused to continue a field sobriety test after attempting to walk in a straight line for the responding officer.
The jury deliberated for six hours before returning a verdict. Sentencing will be conducted by Judge Catherine Torres-Stahl, the trial’s presiding judge, at a later date.
Cantu faces up to life in prison.
The following information was provided by the U.S. Centers Disease Control and Prevention (CDC):
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