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A motorcyclist who hit a guard rail and crashed on southbound Interstate 5 at the E Street off-ramp in Chula Vista, throwing his female passenger to her death, was sentenced Friday to 10 years in state prison.

Josue Juan Diaz, 39, pleaded guilty at an earlier hearing to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and DUI causing injury in the Sept. 6, 2014, death of 27-year-old Sarah Mata.

Diaz’s blood-alcohol content was measured at .20 percent — well above the legal limit of .08 — at the hospital following the 3:35 a.m. crash, said Deputy District Attorney Victor Ou.

The California Highway Patrol said Diaz was driving at a high speed and couldn’t make a curve on the off-ramp, sending his motorcycle into an orange barrel placed on the off-ramp to deflect collisions.

–City News Service