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Drunk Driver Who Struck Mother and Child Outside Ukiah Fair Sentenced to Nearly Eight Years in State Prison

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The following is a press release issued by the Mendocino County District Attorney:


German Dominguez Galindo [Mugshot from the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office Booking Logs]

In August of 2022, a young mother and her one-year-old child in a stroller, followed by other family members, had left the fair and were crossing North State Street in Ukiah on their way home.

Unbeknownst to the group until it was too late, a drunk driver was speeding to get to a party and bearing down on them from the north.

Realizing she did not have time to get out of the way to avoid the speeding vehicle, the mother pushed the stroller with her daughter towards the west curb at the last moment before the mother was hit and thrown through the air by the force of the collision many yards to the south down State Street. The child luckily fell out of the stroller before the stroller was dragged down the street under the car.

The child miraculously received only minor physical injuries, while her mother unfortunately received life-threatening injuries that required immediate stabilizing emergency medical care locally before being transferred to U.C. Davis Medical Center for surgeries and highly intensive care. The mother has since been able to return to Ukiah but is facing long-term medical care and rehabilitation needs.

The drunk driver – defendant German Dominguez Galindo, age 32, of Ukiah – was sentenced Friday morning to 96 months in state prison for a crime – driving a motor vehicle under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs — that all motor vehicle drivers should know is behavior inherently dangerous to human life.

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Officers investigating the scene [Photograph by DJ Ken Steely]

For reasons required by the California Rules of Court, the state prison sentence as imposed ended up being just one year less than the maximum sentence allowed by law for this crime and combination of enhancements.

The charge and enhancements that formed the basis for the state prison sentence were that the defendant (1) drove a motor vehicle in August 2022 with a blood alcohol of .08 or greater causing bodily injury to another; (2) that great bodily injury was inflicted on the first victim causing her to become comatose due to brain injury; (3) that the driving under the influence caused bodily injury to a second victim; and (4) that the defendant’s blood alcohol was .15 or greater.

The law enforcement agencies that gathered the evidence and interviewed witnesses to the crime — evidence that would have been used at trial — were the Ukiah Police Department, the Mendocino County Sheriff’s Office, and the Mendocino County Adult Probation Department.

The California Department of Justice crime laboratory also provided scientific support by determining that the defendant’s blood alcohol at the time of the collision was .22, and that the bindle found in the defendant’s pant pocket contained cocaine.

The attorney who handled the prosecution of the defendant was District Attorney David Eyster.

Mendocino County Superior Court Judge Keith Faulder presided over Friday’s sentencing hearing during which the husband and father of the two victims gave a compelling and tearful victim impact statement, while the two victims and other family members listened and watched from the gallery.


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4 COMMENTS

  1. Um, are you implying that only mexicans drive drunk? Because I assure you, white people drive their kids around drunk constantly …

    Drunk driving is the worst. Tell your friends

    • Katherine, the bigger issue are bigots implying that immigrants are the cause of crime. Then blaming your hated democratic party for the crime committed by an immigrant. Oh and BTW,Greg didn’t skirt a question , he made a reply to your statement. See Katherine, a question is always followed by a question mark”?” and a statement is followed by a period. I’m sure you know what that is!

      • Unfortunately many that come from mexico dont consider drunk driving a serious offense. Its more acceptable down there. It has 0 to do with bigotry or skin color and more to do with cultural differences. Every one that comes illegally and breaks other laws besides illegal entry makes our lives a more dangerous place. We have plenty of our own problems

  2. Mendocino county has way too many drunk drivers for it’s total population, the sheriffs log always has many every weekend! And of course add all the drunk and disorderly, who probably can’t drive but still end up in jail.

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