SACRAMENTO (CBS13) – The drunk driver arrested for inflicting a crash that killed two girls in Natomas earlier this month has a historical past of DUI convictions.
Ricardo Beltram, 29, stood inside a Sacramento County courtroom Monday going through two costs of felony gross vehicular manslaughter whereas intoxicated.
Courtroom data 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 girls killed within the crash.
“My rockstar, my rockstar. That’s the one approach I can describe her,” Bennet mentioned 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 mentioned.
Hudson’s fried DeJuana Byrd additionally died within the crash close to Northgate Boulevard and the Arden Backyard Connector. A 3rd girl of their automobile survived and is recovering.
“Clearly it’s a tragedy throughout,” Sacramento legal professional John Campanella mentioned.
Campanella handles a number of DUI circumstances and says the 2 earlier DUI convictions in opposition to Beltram imply prosecutors might elevate the cost in opposition to him now to homicide.
“If anybody is ever convicted of a DUI in California, they’re given this Watson homicide advisement,” Campanella mentioned.
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 beneath the authorized concept of “implied malice.”
“I feel they’ll elect to do it,” Campanella mentioned.
Beltram’s earlier DUI convictions have been in 2010 and 2016.
Now with Beltram’s third arrest on a DUI cost, police say his determination to drink and drive price two younger women their lives.
Campanella additionally mentioned 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.