Drunk driver sentenced to 20 years for killing young model
Gustavo Adrian Vega, 24, was sentenced in Orange County Superior Court for killing Cara Lee, 20.
Vega had been convicted of murder, felony hit-and-run and felony possession of a controlled substance, cocaine, on June 30, according to court records.
According to prosecutors, Vega was driving drunk on Flower Street heading toward Sunflower Avenue about 2:30 a.m. Feb. 14, 2010, when he sped through a red light and his Toyota Tundra pickup crashed into a Toyota Corolla, killing Lee, who was working as a model.
Vega fled the scene and was later found by Costa Mesa police hiding in a nearby housing complex. He had a blood-alcohol content level of .17 — more than twice the legal limit — according to a news release from the Orange County district attorney's office.
Lee was an only child and a cancer survivor who beat the disease when she was 17, according to the Daily Pilot.
-- Lauren Williams, Times Community News
Photo: Cara Lee. Credit: Times Community News