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March 8, 2017: Man Sentenced to Prison for Fatal DUI Crash on Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach

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A 29-year-old man was sentenced today to 20 years to life in state prison for driving under the influence of alcohol and crashing his car on a Long Beach bridge, killing one and seriously injuring another, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

On Jan. 18, a jury found Alvin Ray Shaw Jr. of Hawthorne guilty of seven counts in case NA102370: second-degree murder; driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense; driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense; driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense; driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content within 10 years of another DUI offense; and two counts of driving when privilege suspended or revoked for a driving under the influence conviction.

Jurors also found true special allegations that the defendant personally inflicted great bodily injury and his blood alcohol concentration was .15 percent or more during the commission of the crime.

Deputy District Attorney Rachel Hardiman, who prosecuted the case, said in the early morning of Aug. 1, 2015, Shaw was under the influence of alcohol when he drove against traffic and crashed his car into several vehicles on the Gerald Desmond Bridge in Long Beach.

Miguel Gonzalez, 30, died in the crash, while a second victim, a 21-year-old man, suffered serious injuries.

The case was investigated by the Long Beach Police Department.