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Overturn the Parole of the driver of the 1992 Temecula crash

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My cousin lost 2 of her children in this horrible crash, he should serve his full sentence. My cousin and the other family members who lost love ones should not have to go through this again. Here's the story.

A decision this week to grant parole to the man convicted of killing six people in a horrific crash near Temecula Valley High School in 1992 is being called outrageous by the attorney who prosecuted the case.

The California Parole Board granted the petition of Jesus Sandoval Macias, 38, following a hearing Wednesday. Macias remains in custody at Centinela State Prison near El Centro and cannot be released for at least 120 days, said Creg Datig, now the assistant district attorney in charge of criminal operations for Riverside County.

In 1993, Datig was the prosecutor for the District Attorney’s Office in the trial of Macias, the 16-year-old driver of a stolen Chevrolet Suburban packed with undocumented immigrants that crashed while fleeing Border Patrol agents.

Macias was convicted of six counts of second-degree murder and sentenced to 15 years to life.

“I was absolutely thunderstruck when I heard about the (parole board’s) decision,” Datig said Friday, adding that the District Attorney’s Office will “vigorously oppose” the decision and will ask Gov. Jerry Brown’s office to have it overturned.

“We have 90 days to petition the governor,” Datig said. “Then the governor has 30 days to make a decision.”

Jeffrey Callison, press secretary for the California Department of Corrections and Administration, said information pertaining to the parole board’s decision on Macias was not yet available.

Horrific crash

On the morning of June 2, 1992, Macias was driving a Suburban – with a dozen others inside – that was being followed by Border Patrol agents in an unmarked vehicle northbound on I-15.

The Suburban exited the freeway in Temecula, where it was then followed by a marked Border Patrol car into the parking lot of the Rancho California Towne Center, now the Temecula Towne Center.

The Suburban took off, speeding south on Ynez Road, then turning left onto Rancho Vista Road followed by the Border Patrol car.

Several miles ahead, classes were getting underway at Temecula Valley High School. and some students, late for class, were hurrying to the campus.

John Davis, 46, a local banker, was giving his son Todd, 18, and Todd’s 14-year-old friend Monisa Emilio, a ride to school in an 1988 Acura. Traveling southbound on Margarita Road, and with a green light, Davis entered the intersection at Rancho Vista Road at the same time the Suburban sped though a red light.

The force of the collision severed the Acura into two pieces as it spun in midair. Part of the car landed on Margarita Road, and the other on a slope next to the sidewalk. The three inside were killed instantly.

The Suburban flipped on its roof and slid along Rancho Vista Road through the intersection and struck 17-year-old Gloria Murillo and her 16-year-old brother. Jose. The two were on the sidewalk heading to class. They also died instantly.


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