Barmaid gets prison in collision

first_imgProsecutors said Hernandez got on the freeway going the wrong way at Angeles Forest Highway. [email protected] (661) 267-5744160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Hernandez was convicted in a jury trial last month of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated for the Dec. 3, 2004, fatal wrong-way collision on the Antelope Valley Freeway. At the time, Hernandez had a blood-alcohol level of 0.21 percent, more than 21/2 times the 0.08 percent limit at which a person is considered drunk, and was on probation for a 2003 misdemeanor driving under the influence conviction in Van Nuys. Family and friends of Hernandez also spoke on her behalf. “They too are hurting because of the defendant’s conduct. Everybody was crying,” Roberts said. Today would have been Smolinisky’s 67th birthday. A juror in a questionnaire summed up the trial as a “very sad case of a life ruined and a life lost,” Roberts said. The collision occurred about 3 a.m. south of Vista Point. Hernandez was coming from work at a bar and restaurant in Palmdale, and Smolinisky was heading to her job at a packing company in Los Angeles, prosecutors said. Hernandez was driving a Honda Passport; Smolinsky was in a Nissan Sentra. LANCASTER – A Lancaster bar waitress was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison for driving drunk and crashing head-on into another car, killing a 66-year-old Palmdale woman. Anna Hernandez, 33, apologized in court to the family of victim Emma Smolinisky, who had four children, nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild. The victim’s two daughters and oldest grandson spoke at Hernandez’s sentencing hearing, which was an hour-and-a-half long and described by prosecutors as emotionally draining. “They talked about the pain they suffered from their loss, the memories they shared with her, and the future memories that they will never experience,” Deputy District Attorney Tina Roberts said. “The sentence was appropriate because the victim lost her life and the family is sentenced to life without `Mami Gatty,’ so I think the defendant should get a life sentence.” last_img