Uber Eats Driver Sentenced for Fatal DUI in Pedestrian Death

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BAKERSFIELD, CA (April 24, 2024)An Uber Eats driver, Mao Arias, 48, has been sentenced to four years in prison for driving under the influence and causing the death of a pedestrian. 

 

The incident occurred early on September 17 in northwest Bakersfield while Arias was delivering food and using his cellphone GPS. The victim, 25-year-old Anthony Mendez, was struck during his jog and later pronounced dead at Kern Medical.

 

During the sentencing, Mendez’s grandmother, Maria Plaza, expressed her grief and hope that Arias would never drive drunk again. Emotional testimonies highlighted the profound loss felt by Mendez’s family, including his young son who is grappling with his father’s absence.

 

Court documents revealed that Arias failed field sobriety tests and had a blood-alcohol content of 0.12%, over the legal limit. Additionally, he was speeding at the time of the accident. Arias pleaded no contest to DUI vehicular manslaughter, while other charges were dismissed.

The Bakersfield Uber Eats driver DUI death case highlights the severe consequences of drunk driving and has left a family mourning the untimely loss of a loved one. If you or someone you know has been affected by a similar incident, contacting a personal injury and wrongful death attorney can help protect your rights and seek justice. RTM Law Firm is here to assist with compassionate and competent legal representation. Consultation is free.

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