CASTLE ROCK, Colo. — A 20-year-old Castle Rock man was sentenced to eight years in prison for driving while impaired by marijuana and killing a woman in a four-car crash.

Amanda Hill, 24, died in the June 2018 crash.

A judge sentenced Francisco Sanchez, 20, last week after he pleaded guilty to one count each of vehicular homicide, vehicular assault and driving while ability impaired (DWAI).

Numerous family and friends of Hill attended the sentencing, and several addressed the court.

Amanda Hill
Hill family

“We have to live the rest of our lives without our beautiful daughter. This senseless act will cause us pain and suffering for the rest of our lives,” said her father, Ed Hill. “Those who did wrong must take responsibility for their actions. The message must be sent to those who do drugs and drive. The choice was made and there are consequences.”

On June 5, 2018, Hill was driving her Toyota Rav4 south on Crowfoot Valley Road, just north of Castle Rock. Sanchez was headed north when he crossed a double yellow line and hit a Hyundai Santa Fe that was in the southbound lane. He then hit Amanda’s car head-on.

 The Hyundai that had been hit crashed into a Chevy Equinox.

Hill was airlifted to a hospital but died from her injuries. Her mother, Denise Hill, described living in a “black hole of grief.”

“The loss of our daughter was absolutely 100 percent preventable,” she said. “The defendant made reckless choices that fateful day. There must be consequences. We have to send a message.”

Even though Sanchez told investigators he had not been drinking or doing drugs, he tested positive for low levels of THC.

Francisco Alexi Sanchez
Francisco Alexi Sanchez

Sanchez was sentenced to six years in the Department of Corrections on the vehicular homicide count; two years in prison on the vehicular assault count; and 180 days in jail on the DWAI. The time will be served consecutively.

The judge suspended the 180-day jail sentence and one year for each of the DOC sentences upon successful completion of specified community service, substance abuse treatment, participation in victim impact panels and monitored sobriety. The means he could serve six years instead of eight.

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