Posted On: January 23, 2013 by Pilchman & Kay P.L.C.

Driver Pleads Guilty to DUI That Killed Best Friend

Jesus Manzo-Torres, 19, of Tustin has pleaded guilty to vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence while intoxicated. In addition, he pleaded guilty to sentencing enhancements for causing bodily injury to multiple victims while intoxicated. Manzo-Torres faces up to 14 years in state prison at his sentencing hearing February 15, 2013.

Manzo-Torres lost control of his brother's Subaru Legacy while speeding on Santiago Canyon Road, near Irvine Lake back on November 6, 2011. According to reports, Manzo-Torres had a blood alcohol level of .15% two hours after the accident.

Manzo-Torres, Jorge Cisneros, 18, and two other passengers were inside the vehicle. Cisneros, also a resident of Tustin was in the front-seat of the vehicle and became trapped between the car and a tree. He was taken to Western Medical Center where he later died.