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Judge Sentences DUI Driver Who Killed 2, Injured 2 to 30 Years to Life in Prison

In January 2018, Jeffrey Levi caused a chain-reaction crash after driving 100 mph and drunk on I-15

A man whose drunk driving resulted in the death of two people and injury of two others in the Scripps Ranch area was sentenced to three decades in prison Friday morning.

Jeffrey Levi was driving his red Ford Mustang northbound on Interstate 15 at Miramar Road at 100 mph when he rear-ended a Toyota on Jan. 3, 2018.

The Toyota was carrying siblings Jesus Dominguez, 33, and Jiovanna Dominguez, 18, and Jiovanna Dominguez's boyfriend, Isaac Felix. The car, unable to move, stayed in the middle of the lanes on the freeway, where an off-duty San Diego police officer on his way home from work crashed into the Toyota.

Shortly after, the Toyota burst into flames. Jesus Dominguez and Isaac Felix were killed.

On Friday, prosecutors read a statement by Denise Felix, Isaac Felix’ sister.

“It is with a heavy heart that I make this statement on behalf of myself and my family. We've been through numerous difficult situations in life, but the impact this tragedy has brought into our lives is incomparable,” Denise Felix’ letter read. “Yes, life goes on, but it will never be the same. We all miss Isaac tremendously. We miss talking to him, hearing his voice, his laugh, his jokes. Too many memories to list them all.”

Law enforcement registered Levi’s blood alcohol level at .167, more than double the legal limit.

“I made choices I would’ve never made otherwise. I made very serious mistakes with detrimental consequences,” Levi said Friday.

Levi was convicted of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter, felony DUI causing injury and hit and run involving death in August 2019.

A judge sentenced him to 30 years to life in prison with an additional four years -- the maximum sentence.

Court records obtained by NBC 7 this week show Levi has a prior conviction tied to drunk driving and a history of alleged violence.

“My brother (Isaac Felix) didn’t deserve this. He was a good individual,” Selena Felix told NBC 7 in January 2018. “He was always the strong one – he kept us all together, and now we’re here without him.”

The Dominguez family sued the City of San Diego; the off-duty police officer involved, Raymond Rowe; and Levi for wrongful death and negligence in late 2018.

"They're law enforcement. They are supposed to show us the example, not for us to show them,” Jesus Dominguez’ widow Samantha Munoz said.

A GoFundMe page was created to help the family of the victims killed and hurt in this crash.

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