Vehicular homicide defendant: "A series of bad choices"

VANCOUVER, Wash. -- A Vancouver man was sentenced Wednesday afternoon to 54 months in prison in connection to a crash last spring that killed a pedestrian.

James I. Collins pleaded guilty in Clark County Superior Court to vehicular homicide and felony hit and run.

Collins was driving the evening of May 3 at speeds between 60 and 70 mph, authorities estimate, when his car hit 25-year-old Maria Delos-Carrasco Angulo. A hair salon employee, Angulo was crossing the street at a designated crosswalk on Fourth Plain Boulevard, police said. She died instantly.

As part of the sentence, Collins was ordered to pay $5,800 in restitution, which will cover court fees as well as expenses for Angulo’s transport and burial in Mexico. She left behind a 2-year-old son.

Following the collision, police said Collins sped off, going as fast as 80 mph. Witnesses said they saw the vehicle stop at the intersection of General Anderson Road and drop off a passenger before speeding off, according to court documents.

Detained by police later, Collins was found to have a blood-alcohol level of .18, nearly double the legal limit, authorities said.

The defendant said in court Wednesday that he hadn’t eaten anything that day, and a friend was initially driving the car, but for some reason, they switched drivers.

Collins called the event “a series of bad choices.”