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* Ryan Karr Convicted Of Felony Vehicular Manslaughter From 2007 Crash

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A Sonoma County jury this afternoon convicted Ryan Karr of multiple counts of felony vehicular manslaughter in connection with a crash that killed five family members on U.S. Highway 101 nearly three years ago.Karr, 28, of Santa Rosa, was convicted of five felony charges of vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence while intoxicated with marijuana. The jury found that Karr was speeding before the crash but was not following too closely behind a vehicle in front of him.Karr, who has been out of custody since the crash, was immediately taken into custody over the objections of his attorney Andy Martinez.Sonoma County Superior Court Judge Rene Chouteau said it was appropriate to remand Karr because of the felony convictions. The crash happened on Jan. 19, 2007. At about 6 p.m. that day, Karr’s 2001 Mitsubishi Eclipse struck the rear of a 1992 Honda Civic that was stopped in traffic on northbound U.S. Highway 101 near Airport Boulevard. The Civic then struck a Honda Accord. Five people in the Honda Civic were killed: Maria Lopez-Camacho, 54; Edith Carlos-Medina, 23; driver Almadelia Mendera-Basurto, 16; Carmina Solorio, 23; and Medina’s 7-year-old son Fernando Flores-Carlos.Karr, who cried quietly when the judge ordered him remanded today, is scheduled to be sentenced Feb. 18.

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