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Honduran man to spend 24 years in prison for DUI in Biloxi

Victor Carransa will spend 24 years in prison following a DUI causing death. (Photo source: District Attorney Joel Smith's Office) Victor Carransa will spend 24 years in prison following a DUI causing death. (Photo source: District Attorney Joel Smith's Office)
BILOXI, MS (WLOX) -

A Honduran man will spend 24 years in prison after he killed one motorist and injured another in a crash on November 17, 2013, according to District Attorney Joel Smith. Smith said Victor Antonio Rodriguez Carransa, 29, of Honduras pled guilty Monday to two counts of driving under the influence causing death or disfigurement.

Following that guilty plea, Judge Lisa P. Dodson sentenced Carransa to 24 years on each count to run concurrent with each other. Smith said Carransa admitted to drinking 15 Coronas on the day of the deadly wreck that happened on Highway 90 at Veterans Avenue in Biloxi shortly before 10 p.m.

Biloxi police said after an investigation, they discovered, he was driving a Honda Accord in excess of 52 miles per hour when he rear ended 48-year-old Chris Vicari's vehicle. Vicari's vehicle burst into flames.

Vicari had traumatic brain injury and a ruptured spinal cord as a result from the crash and the passenger in his vehicle Amanda Dawson suffered 1st, 2nd and 3rd degree burns to her face and right arm. After being taken off life support on November 23, 2013, Vicari died.

"I would like to commend both the Biloxi Police and Fire Departments on their thorough investigation, which led to today's conviction," said Scott Lusk, who prosecuted the case on behalf of the state. "The quick and effective response by patrol officers, accident reconstructionists, the crime scene unit and investigators played an enormous role in making sure justice was served."

Through an interpreter Carransa told the court he didn't remember the accident and that he had lost his memory as a result of the wreck. He said that he understands the implications of his actions and knew he would have to pay the consequences. He said he will never be able to pay Dawson and the family of Vicari back for the pain that he caused. He asked to be forgiven and said he was truly sorry with all his heart.

Judge Lisa Dodson said that Carransa will be held for extradition procedures to return him to Honduras after serving his sentence.

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