A Turlock woman who was behind the wheel in a drunk driving collision that resulted in the death of her 6-year-old daughter will be spending the next year in jail and must give up alcohol for several years after to avoid going to prison.
Angelica Castellanos-Davila, 28, entered a no contest plea to charges of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and child endangerment related to the death of her daughter, Elliana Alicia Davila, on Jan. 10, 2016.
Castellanos-Davila was returning to Turlock around 4:30 a.m. Jan. 10 from a visit in Tuolumne County when the crash occurred. According to the California Highway Patrol, Castellanos-Davila was driving southbound on Albers Road when she lost control of her car went off the road and struck a power pole.
Elliana was ejected from the car and pronounced dead at the scene. CHP investigators said that she was in a car seat that had either been unbuckled or improperly secured.
Castellanos-Davila was taken to Memorial Medical Center in Modesto with non-life threatening injuries. Upon her release, she was arrested and booked into Stanislaus County Jail. She had a blood-alcohol concentration of 0.12 percent, according to the court records.
Elliana was a kindergartener at Denair Elementary Charter Academy, where she was remembered for her sunny personality. She loved to draw, sing, play with make up and take pictures with her parents, according to her family.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Ricardo Cordova ordered Castellanos-Davila to serve one year in the county jail and avoid alcohol and places where it is sold, including bars and casinos, for the next five years. If Castellanos-Davila fails to comply with the conditions, her suspended prison sentence could be instated and she would go away for six to 10 years.
At the time of the crash Castellanos-Davila was a social worker for Child Protective Services in Tuolumne County.