The new San Diego County Superior Court in downtown San Diego. Photo by Chris Stone

A young man who was under the legal drinking age when he drove unlicensed and drunk, causing a head-on crash in Escondido last fall that killed an 85-year-old man, was sentenced Wednesday to six years in state prison.

Celso Solano Rojas, 21, pleaded guilty last month to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges stemming from the Sept. 25 crash that caused Richard Woolsey’s death.

Rojas’ blood-alcohol content was measured at 0.24% — three times the legal limit — after the crash, Deputy District Attorney David Uyar said last year.

Rojas, who was 20 at the time of the crash, tried to pass traffic on Centre City Parkway about 8 p.m. and crashed head-on into Woolsey’s vehicle, according to the prosecutor. The victim died at a hospital two days later.

Rojas was also injured in the crash and hospitalized.

In addition to the manslaughter count, Rojas pleaded guilty to three counts of DUI causing injury, all involving the same victim, as well as a misdemeanor of driving without a license and an infraction for driving with a measurable blood-alcohol content while under age 21.

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