Man Convicted in Lyft Driver's Death

A San Diego man was convicted of driving under the influence and leaving the scene of a collision in the case of a Lyft driver who was struck along the side of a highway. 

Henry O. Reyes, 41, of Escondido, died on October 1, 2016, in a collision on State Route 94 near Grant Hill. 

Reyes had pulled over and gotten out of the car to help one of his Lyft clients who had gotten sick. An oncoming car slammed into the back of his vehicle, killing Reyes and injuring three of his passengers.

After an investigation, Steven Quintero was arrested and charged with second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence causing injury, driving under the influence with a blood-alcohol level of 0.08 or greater, driving on a suspended license and leaving the scene of a crime. 

Quintero lost control of his vehicle, crashed in an embankment and fled the scene. 

On Monday, jurors convicted Quintero of DUI causing injury, leaving the scene of a collision and causing great bodily injury on four victims, according to the San Diego County District Attorney's Office.

Jurors did not reach a verdict on the murder charge. The judge will consider whether to dismiss the murder charge at a hearing next week.

Quintero faces 15 years and eight months when he is sentenced, prosecutors said. 

Just before his death, Reyes had graduated from dental school and had been driving for Lyft for extra income to help pay for another two-year apprenticeship. He was also supporting his toddler son.

Quintero was previously charged with a DUI in November 2015.
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