CAMBRIDGE, Illinois – More than four years after a fatal car crash, a man from Kewanee was sentenced Wednesday by Henry County Circuit Court to 10 years in prison for aggravated driving while impaired.
Lorenzo S. Quintero, 50, will also have one year of mandatory supervised release, a $ 500 fine and costs. He will have to serve 85% of his prison sentence.
Quintero did not appear in court for his sentencing hearing, which continued from June 16 to ensure he received notice.
The car crash of April 9, 2017 killed Gabina Garcia, 27, from Kewanee, Quintero’s sister-in-law. She left a 5 year old son.
The crash happened around 3:15 a.m. on Highway 78 north of Kewanee as Quintero drove his wife and Garcia home from a dance club in Davenport. According to the crash re-enactor, Quintero’s vehicle drifted out of its lane through the oncoming lane and into the ditch on the east side where it jumped over a driveway, flew away, took landed and drove. Garcia was not using a seat belt and was thrown from the vehicle through the sunroof. There was no evidence of evasive maneuvers.
Quintero was found to have a blood alcohol level of 0.188, more than double the legal limit, in his system as well as a whole blood test result of 0.205. He also tested positive for cocaine.
In December 2019, Quintero was scheduled to plead guilty to the prosecution, but changed his mind during the plea hearing. A bench trial took place on January 24, 2020, in which Judge Jeffrey O’Connor, now retired, found him guilty.