Woman guilty of killing mother in drunk driving crash in Clairemont sentenced to 1 year in jail

SAN DIEGO (KUSI) – Friday 12:50 p.m – Paulina Munoz was sentenced to one year in jail and ordered to enroll in a residential alcohol and drug treatment program once she’s released from custody. The sentencing came down Friday. 

Thursday 7:18 a.m. – The woman who was found guilty of vehicular manslaughter after killing her mother in a drunk-driving accident will be sentenced Friday.

Paulina Munoz, 27, was driving drunk when her vehicle slammed into two parked cars and a dumpster in Clairemont. Her mother died in the accident.

Last month, Munoz pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter. Friday, she is expected to be sentenced to six years in prison.

Munoz spent most of the night last Sept. 25 drinking with her partner and her mother, according to statements by Deputy District Attorney, Calley Bright.

Ignoring a text message not to drive, Munoz was behind the wheel when her car crashed about 2:20 the next morning in the 3500 block of Clairemont Drive, not far from her home, the prosecutor said.

Maria Isabel Villareal, 50, was killed in the crash. After the crash, Munoz told police that her mother had been driving, but officers determined that the defendant had been behind the wheel, according to Bright.

Ninety minutes after the fatal accident, Munoz’s blood-alcohol level was measured at .20 percent, more than twice the legal limit for driving, the prosecutor said.

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