Sacto 9-1-1
September 20, 2013
Yolo County jury convicts man in crash that killed wife, son

A Yolo County jury has convicted a Redwood City man of two counts of second-degree murder in the September 2012 crash that killed his wife and son.

The jury on Thursday also found Reyes Barajas, 47, guilty of two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to a Yolo County District Attorney's Office news release.

On Sept. 3, 2012, Barajas was driving with his wife, Ann Marie, 39, and his son, Marco, 14, from Clearlake Oaks to Redwood City. Witnesses testified during the trial that Barajas was driving in excess of 75 mph on Highway 16 when he lost control of his car. An accident-reconstructionist with the California Highway Patrol's Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team testified that Barajas allowed his truck to drift off the right side of the road, and when he attempted to turn left, it caused the vehicle to roll, then fall down an embankment before coming to rest 20 feet below. Barajas' wife and son died as a result of the crash.

Barajas was airlifted to Santa Rosa Memorial Hospital with moderate injuries and was released three days later. Authorities said Barajas had a blood alcohol level of .19 when he lost control of his vehicle.

Barajas had three previous convictions for DUI and had been required to attend alcohol education classes over a period of more than year, authorities said.

He is to be sentenced Oct. 18 before Yolo County Superior Court Judge Janet Gaard.

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