A Georgia man was sentenced to serve 50 years in prison for killing three people and seriously injuring two more in a drunken driving incident on I-75, officials said Monday.
Jorge Solis, 20, of Ellenwood, was already on probation for a previous DUI conviction when he drove his Ford F-350 north in the southbound lanes of I-75, colliding head on with a car on its way to Florida from Illinois.
The accident at 5 a.m. on Father’s Day killed Hallie Young, 7, Kaybrin Osborne, 8, and Michael Furlow, 49.
Three-year-old Clayton Flood was paralyzed and 49-year-old Michael Osborne was severely injured.
Solis was uninjured, with a blood alcohol level of .125, Atlanta-Fulton County District Attorney Paul L. Howard said in a statement.
Solis was so drunk that when police arrived he was passed out, while leaning on the expressway median, Howard said.
Witnesses said they could smell alcohol coming from Solis and that he was incredibly drunk, Howard said. They also said they saw him slide across the seat and get out of the passenger side door, pretending he had not been driving, Howard said.
Solis pleaded to list of charges including six counts of first degree homicide by vehicle, driving under the influence of alcohol under the age of 21, possession of alcohol by a minor, possession of an open alcohol container, driving on the wrong side of the road and driving while license was suspended or revoked.
Fulton County Judge Henry Newkirk sentenced Solis to serve 50 years of a 75-year sentence in prison.
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