Criminal court

Driver who killed 3 teens in West Miami-Dade crash gets 15 years in prison

 

dovalle@MiamiHerald.com

A man who killed three teen friends during a spur-of-the-moment car race that ended in a violent wreck in West Miami-Dade will serve 15 years in prison.

Jurors in April convicted Alberto de Jesús Coterón Oliva, 22, of three counts of vehicular manslaughter.

On Monday, Miami-Dade Circuit Judge Victoria Brennan sentenced Coterón to 15 years and added 15 years of probation after his prison term is finished.

Verónica Santiago, 17, Isis Maciel Jiménez, 15 and Daniel Cárdenas, 17, were killed in the August 2011 crash. The group had been hanging out with Coterón at the Dolphin Mall in Sweetwater that night and decided to go for a ride in his 1994 Honda Civic.

Just before 11 p.m., Coterón tried racing against a black Infiniti near Northwest 12th Street and 99th Avenue. He lost control and crashed into a light post, a collision that split the car in two. He later ran from the scene before returning.

“I don’t feel any sadness for Alberto Coterón,” Melissa Santiago, Verónica’s sister, told the judge Friday during the first day of the sentencing hearing. “Because of his lack of responsibility and lack of maturity, he took away a piece of my life.”

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