Drunk driver who hit toddler and father sentenced to at least 4 years in prison
LAS VEGAS (KSNV News3LV) —
Ricardo Canas expressed regret in his own words after he pleaded guilty to driving drunk and crashing into a local father and toddler as they crossed the street.
"I'm not the same Ricardo that I was three months ago," said Canas. "What I've done to them has hurt me deep inside. And that's why I've dedicated my life to change."
The 24 year old was seen swerving and speeding through a school zone mid-day on February 26th the man he hit was pushing a little girl named Mia in her stroller.
"I've prayed every day for Mia to get better," he said.
The prosecution in this case played the emotional 911 calls from the people who saw the crash.
"A man and his little kid just got hit in front of Home Depot on Charleston and Lamb. The guy is up but the kid is not moving," said one caller.
"The person was not in a crosswalk but I stopped. The person right next to me just kept going. And there's a little baby there too," said another caller.
In a memorandum, the defense asked for a lighter sentence, considering Canas doesn't have a criminal record.
"I can't send that message that you can speed through a school zone, you're gonna zig-zag through traffic and you're gonna take out a man and his baby in a stroller," said the judge.
Canas will spend a maximum of 15 years behind bars, eligible for parole after the fourth year.
"I'm always going to pray for Mia, that she gets better every day. Thanks to God she'd doing fine," said Canas.