SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The drunk driver arrested for inflicting a crash that killed two ladies in Natomas earlier this month has a historical past of DUI convictions.
Ricardo Beltram, 29, stood inside a Sacramento County courtroom Monday dealing with two fees of felony gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated.
Courtroom information present Beltram additionally has two earlier misdemeanor DUI convictions in Sacramento County—one in 2016 and one in 2010.
Tamara Bennet is grieving the loss of Raquelle Hudson, one of many ladies killed within the crash.
“My rockstar, my rockstar. That’s the one means I can describe her,” Bennet stated the day of the lethal crash.
Hudson was a hostess at Bennet’s restaurant and a longtime household buddy.
“We helped elevate Rocky since she was 5-years-old,” Bennet stated.
Hudson’s fried DeJuana Byrd additionally died within the crash close to Northgate Boulevard and the Arden Backyard Connector. A 3rd lady of their car survived and is recovering.
“Clearly it’s a tragedy throughout,” Sacramento lawyer John Campanella stated.
Campanella handles plenty of DUI circumstances and says the 2 earlier DUI convictions towards Beltram imply prosecutors may elevate the cost towards him now to homicide.
“If anybody is ever convicted of a DUI in California, they’re given this Watson homicide advisement,” Campanella stated.
In California, the so-called Watson homicide rule takes into consideration a DUI offender’s prior convictions and permits prosecutors to hunt a second-degree homicide cost underneath the authorized principle of “implied malice.”
“I feel they’ll elect to do it,” Campanella stated.
Beltram’s earlier DUI convictions have been in 2010 and 2016.
Now with Beltram’s third arrest on a DUI cost, police say his choice to drink and drive value two younger women their lives.
Campanella additionally stated Beltram’s second DUI offense could have resulted in his license being suspended for a yr, however he would have been driving legally once more by now.
Beltram is being held on $2 million bail.