A Gonzales man driving without lawful presence in the United States who drove the wrong way on Hwy. 61 for seven miles before crashing head on into another vehicle was sentenced to prison for vehicular homicide last week, prosecutors reported.


A Gonzales man driving without lawful presence in the United States who drove the wrong way on Hwy. 61 for seven miles before crashing head on into another vehicle was sentenced to prison for vehicular homicide last week, prosecutors reported.
Antonio Morales Arias, 40, ran away on foot from the wreck scene Christmas morning in 2008 in which a woman was killed and two other passengers suffered severe injuries, according to prosecutors from the 23rd Judicial District.
Morales was apprehended by State Troopers and Ascension Parish Sheriff’s deputies the same day.
A French Settlement resident, Sharie York, 23, was a passenger in the Honda Civic involved in the crash, and died in the accident.  
Arias pleaded guilty last May to one count each of vehicular homicide, felony hit-and-run, driving without lawful presence in the country, and first-offense DWI. He also pleaded guilty to two counts of first-degree negligent injuring.
Judge Jane Triche-Milazzo sentenced Arias to seven years for vehicular homicide, 18 months for each count of negligent injuring, and one year for hit and run.
The judge gave 90-day sentences for the DWI and for driving without a lawful presence in the U.S.
The case was prosecuted by Assistant District Attorney Neil Parenton.