Fort Worth man found guilty of intoxication manslaughter in crash that killed two friends

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FORT WORTH -- A jury found a 24-year-old man guilty on two counts of intoxication manslaughter Wednesday for killing his two 24-year-old friends in a collision two years ago.

Arturo DeLaHoya, who was 21 at the time of the wreck, faces a maximum of 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine on each count during the sentencing phase of the trial. The jury began deliberating DeLaHoya's sentence Thursday afternoon.

The three men were with a group of friends on Oct. 23, 2010, watching a mixed martial arts contest on pay-per-view, according to testimony. After the fight ended about 10:30 p.m., DeLaHoya left in his Chevrolet Avalanche pickup with Angel Zuniga and Juan Rodriguez.

DeLaHoya was next seen about 2:30 a.m. at the scene of a wreck in the 1000 block of Macon Street in Fort Worth near the Texas Street intersection with his head propped up against a curb, said Donald Gray, a Fort Worth firefighter. DeLaHoya seemed to have only minor injuries, but Gray told the jury he encouraged him to go to the hospital.

"He said that he was OK and that his two buddies could take him home," Gray testified. "At that point I didn't realize the two passengers in the vehicle were deceased."

Gray described the vehicle wreckage as significant. Investigators testified that no skid marks were located. The truck hit a tree and rotated facing south on Macon Street, witnesses testified. Part of the tree bark where the impact occurred was missing. A tire that came loose from the vehicle during the wreck came to rest in the street.

Mariana Mancha, whose son, Juan Rodriguez, died in the wreck, said her son had a 4-year-old son.

"He's six now," Mancha told the jury. "At the time of his death he was expecting another child. My daughter-in-law was three months pregnant. The girl will be two in April."

The jury adjourned Thursday and will continue deliberating DeLaHoya’s sentence on Friday in state District Judge Louis Sturn’s court.

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752

Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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