A Bradenton man who killed his brother-in-law in a fatal DUI crash last July was recently sentenced to a four year state prison term. Carlos Rivera, 42, was found guilty of DUI (driving under the influence) manslaughter and DUI with property damage.
Manatee County Judge John Lakin sentenced the drunk driver to five years probation following prison; 100 hours of community service; permanently revoked his driver’s license and required him to pay all fines and court costs. Rivera was also told by the judge to write a letter apologizing to the victim’s family.
The DUI offender could have faced as much as 15 years in prison, based on state statutes. Court documents say he was driving a Toyota pickup truck when he went over a curb; hit a bush and crashed into an oak tree. His brother-in-law, Haudrey Figueurdo, 28, a passenger in the vehicle, was ejected from the car in the fatal wreck. He died of his injuries at Lakeland Ranch Medical Center.
Accident investigation and toxicology reports said Rivera was speeding more than twice the posted limit of 30 mph when he lost control of the car. His blood alcohol level (BAC) was at least .175 at the time of the crash.