Man convicted in hit-and-run death of Long Beach toddler
A drunk driver whose vehicle struck a wagon containing two toddlers in Long Beach in September was convicted Wednesday of second-degree murder and other felony charges, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office.
After two days of deliberation, a Long Beach jury convicted 35-year-old Neely L. Dinkins of one count each of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence with injury, driving with a blood alcohol level of more than 0.08% with injury and leaving the scene of an accident, prosecutors said.
Dinkins will be sentenced by Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Tomson T. Ong on March 8. He faces a minimum sentence of 30 years to life.
In September 2009, Kaylee Alvarez, 1, and her 2-year-old brother, Oscar, were in a red wagon being pulled by their parents across Redondo Avenue at 10th Street in Long Beach. The wagon was struck by an SUV and dragged, along with the two children, a block before stopping.
Oscar rolled out from under the SUV and was immediately rescued by a Good Samaritan. But Kaylee was dragged with the wagon again when the vehicle sped away from the scene.
Dinkins was arrested a mile away when he stopped at a home. Kaylee was pronounced dead at the scene.
-- Ruben Vives