Driver gets 16 years for deadly Valentine's Day crash

ARVADA - A man who prosecutors say ran away from the scene of a deadly crash was sentenced to 16 years in prison Friday.

A jury found Jose Sandoval-Cruz, 25, guilty of Vehicular Homicide - DUI, Vehicular Homicide - Reckless, Leaving the Scene of an Accident with Death, DUI, Reckless Driving, Careless Driving with Injury, and Driving without a License.

The crash happened at the intersection of West 80th Avenue and Sheridan Boulevard in February 2016.

Prosecutors say Sandoval-Cruz had a blood alcohol level three times the legal limit when he ran the red light and collided with a car driven by Monica Zapata. 

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Zapata was killed in the crash. Her 15-year-old daughter, who was a passenger, was injured.

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Investigators say Sandoval-Cruz was traveling 55 mph in a 40 mph zone. After the crash, he and his two passengers got out of their car and ran from the scene. They were arrested two hours later.

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