SOUTHINGTON — A Bristol man has been sentenced to five years in prison following a fatal crash on West Street earlier this year.
During an appearance in New Britain Superior Court on Tuesday, Jason Dominguez, 37, of 511 Emmett St., was sentenced to 10 years in prison, suspended after five years to serve, followed by five years probation. He was charged on July 7 with second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle, driving under the influence and failure to obey a traffic signal, and pleaded guilty to one count of second-degree manslaughter with a motor vehicle.
On March 19, Dominguez was driving a 2001 Lexus that collided with a 2011 Nissan at the intersection of West Street and West Queen Street around 2 a.m., according to his arrest warrant. His passenger, Jimmy Cintron-Guzman, was transported to an area hospital and later pronounced dead.
Carlos Barrios, the driver of the Nissan, told police he was driving on West Street and had a flashing yellow traffic light as he entered the intersection and struck the Lexus, which entered from West Queen Street, the warrant said. Security video from two businesses in the area showed the Lexus failed to stop at a flashing red light and was struck on the passenger side by the Nissan.
Dominguez told police at the scene he had been drinking alcohol earlier in the evening, the warrant said. Police were able to obtain test results for a urine sample that showed Dominguez had a blood alcohol level of .15.