San Diego Superior Court in Vista
San Diego Superior Court in Vista. File photo

A jury on Thursday convicted a man charged with driving drunk and slamming a car into a traffic pole, resulting in his wife’s death, of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

They failed, though, to reach a verdict on a second-degree murder count.

Santos Hernandez Ramos, 39, of San Marcos, faces multiple charges in San Diego Superior Court in the 2019 crash in Carlsbad that killed Cecilia Ramos, 41.

Ramos had a suspended license at the time due to a 2017 DUI conviction out of San Bernardino County. That led prosecutors to file the murder charge.

While jurors found Ramos guilty of manslaughter and DUI counts, they hung on the murder count. They voted 11 to 1 to convict.

Ramos also previously pleaded guilty to two misdemeanor counts of driving with a suspended license and driving without a license.

He is due back in court next month, by which time a decision may have been made on trying him again on the murder charge.

At Ramos’ preliminary hearing, Carlsbad police officer Jeff Wolf testified that the crash, at the intersection of Aviara Parkway and Cobblestone Road, left the car nearly split in half.

A witness estimated the vehicle was traveling around 80 mph prior to the crash.

Wolf testified that two blood draws taken shortly after the crash showed Ramos had a blood-alcohol level ranging from .15 to .16 – about double the legal limit of .08. The officer also testified that investigators found a beer bottle in the center console of the vehicle.

– City News Service