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* Laureano Martinez Terrazas was convicted of a hit-and-run accident that killed a field worker in Santa Rosa

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  A Santa Rosa man convicted of a hit-and-run accident that killed a field worker and injured three others was sentenced today in Sonoma County Superior Court to a year in jail and three years’ probation. Laureano Martinez Terrazas, 19, pleaded no contest on Sept. 2 to felony hit-and-run causing injury or death, and to two misdemeanor counts of  vehicular manslaughter without gross negligence and driving without a license. Terrazas was driving the field workers to the Seascape Ranch in Occidental in a Chevrolet Astro van around 5:10 a.m. on Aug. 3 when it ran off Guerneville Road west of Santa Rosa, California Highway Patrol Officer Jon Sloat said. Sonoma County District Attorney Stephan Passalacqua said Terrazas fell asleep while driving. The van went down an embankment east of Laguna Road and overturned several times. Manuel Acosta Montanyo, 55, of Madera, was ejected and died when the van landed on him, the CHP said. Two Santa Rosa men, 34-year-old Domingo Layata-Mendez and 26-year-old Nahum Avendano, and a 17-year-old Piner High school student, Ignacio Hernandez-Rubio of Santa Rosa, were injured in the crash, Sloat said. Terrazas fled the accident but was arrested around 10:15 p.m. Aug. 3 at a residence on Kingwood Street in Santa Rosa, Sloat said. The field workers were employed by Mid-Valley Labor Services of Madera. Deputy District Attorney Brian Staebell and the county probation department recommended a two-year prison sentence, but Judge Rene Auguste Chouteau sentenced Terrazas to county jail time and probation, Passalacqua said. 

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