As of Friday, January 22, 2016
SUNNYSIDE A Grandview man was yesterday sentenced by a Yakima County Superior Court judge for vehicular homicide.
Rigoberto Hinojosa Rivera, 39, pled guilty to vehicular homicide in October. He was given an 81-month prison sentence yesterday.
The conviction stems from an accident in March 2012, when the State Patrol said Rivera passed a freight truck on Van Belle Road, and the 1992 Honda Accord he was driving rolled several times, according to court records.
Rivera and his two passengers were ejected from the vehicle, court records show.
One of Rivera’s passengers was his brother, Alfredo Rivera, also of Grandview. He was pronounced dead at the scene.
Rigoberto Rivera and the other passenger, Veronica Lopez, were injured and transported for medical care, according to court records.
A jury found Rigoberto Rivera was under the influence at the time of the accident, that he operated the vehicle in a reckless manner and did so with “…disregard for the safety of others,” say court records.
He was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time of the crash, records show.
Two years were added to Rivera’s sentence due to a prior conviction for driving under the influence, according to court records.
He also has a conviction for second-degree unlawful possession of a weapon.