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Drunk driver pleads guilty to fatal crash
Kevin Solis Hernandez
Kevin Hernandez Solis

The Turlock man who was behind the wheel in a collision that claimed the life of a Dutcher Middle School student has agreed to a plea deal with the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.

Kevin Hernandez Solis, 21, of Turlock entered a no contest plea to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two counts of driving under the influence causing injury during his hearing at Stanislaus County Superior Court on Wednesday, according to court records.

The counts against Solis stem from the fatal collision on Dec. 15, 2018, that resulted in the death of 14-year-old Freida Pineda, an eighth-grade student at Dutcher Middle School.

The collision happened around 7 p.m. in the 100 block of E. Monte Vista Avenue.

The first officer to arrive at the scene found a white Toyota sedan with two occupants inside the vehicle and a female juvenile, later identified as Freida, who had been ejected from the car. She was pronounced deceased at the scene.

The two other passengers, Rebecca and Kendra Murillo, both sustained serious injuries in the crash.

Solis was driving a black Toyota truck, which was located a short distance away from where it had collided with a carport and a parked vehicle after the initial collision.

The investigation revealed Solis was driving with a blood alcohol level of at least 0.15, which is almost twice the legal limit of .08, and he had been traveling at a speed greater than 70 miles per hour when his truck collided with the Toyota sedan.

As part of the plea deal, Solis admitted to all the enhancements filed against him and will likely be sentenced to seven years and four months in prison.