In 2010, Romeo Dumlao rear-ended another vehicle while driving at 50-60 mph, ultimately leading to the death of 9-year-old Kerry Armstrong. Found to be under the influence of chemicals in keyboard cleaners, Dumlao went on to recieve 11 years in prison. But taking into account time already served, the wreckless driver could released in a few weeks.
A judge had concluded that Dumlao's victims "were in the wrong place at the wrong time” according to Fox 5 San Diego. Dumlao had been huffing cans of keyboard cleaner, leading to the crash that killed Armstrong after she was put on life support. He also injured several others, including the child's mom. Five cannisters of the cleaner were later recovered from Dumlao's car.
Dumlao had pleaded guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated as well as great bodily injury. Lawyers later argued that the charges were mutually exclusive, with a jury eventually finding no evidence of that latter.
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