Wednesday, December 5, 2001
Hood River District Attorney John Sewell wrapped up court actions related to the May 22 death of 16-year-old Bismar Guadarrama on Monday.
Alonso Chairez Muro, 17, was sentenced in Circuit Court for Reckless Driving. He was found guilty at his Nov. 1 trial of racing north on Highway 35 against the vehicle in which Guadarrama was a passenger.
Guadarrama was thrown from the car driven by Uriel Lozano after it crashed into a guardrail just south of Odell, a few minutes after midnight on May 20. He was taken by helicopter to Portland for treatment of severe head trauma but died two days later.
Lozano, 16, pled guilty in late August to criminally negligent homicide for his involvement in Guadarrama's death.
According to police reports, all three teens had attended a barbecue, where alcohol was served, in Parkdale prior to the accident. Although both Guadarrama and Lozano had allegedly consumed beer that evening, Muro had apparently not been drinking.
However, Sewell told Hull at Muro's Nov. 26 sentencing that he had been disconcerted to learn that Muro had been forbidden to operate a vehicle on the high school grounds last month because administrators had observed him driving in an unsafe manner.
"It troubled me a little bit to learn that he was involved in a driving infraction the day after his trial," said Sewell. "You'd think someone involved in the death of a friend might be troubled a little bit and might be more cautious."
Hull told Muro's parents that what he termed the "hot" Mazda RX-7 driven by the teen appeared to be tempting him to speed. He directed Muro to attend a traffic safety course and said if he was involved in any more traffic infractions he was to report to the court immediately.
"I think that will impress on you how dangerous it is to be going 90-100 miles per hour even on an empty highway," said Hull.
In addition, Hull suspended Muro's drivers license for 30 days and ordered him to spend 10 days in jail, scheduling the incarceration around his employment schedule. In addition, he was given 18 months of probation, ordered to perform 160 hours of community service, stay on track in school and pay $265 in court fines and fees.