Stockton – Today, District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar announced that Megan Lee Ranada, age 36, was sentenced on Friday, November 22, 2019, to 1 year in county jail after pleading no contest to two counts of Penal Code Section 192( c) (1), gross vehicular homicide. She pled “open” to the charges that held a maximum sentence of 7 years 4 months in state prison.
“This should be a reminder to all that a motor vehicle can be a deadly weapon,” said District Attorney Tori Verber Salazar. “We owe each other as fellow citizens a duty to operate our vehicles in a safe manner. Alcohol in this case was not a factor, excessive speed and failure to pay attention was. Traffic laws are in place for a reason and deliberate and intentional disregard of those laws can have fatal and irrevocable consequences.”
According to court records, on February 24, 2018, at approximately 11:15 p.m., Megan Lee Ranada was driving her corvette on southbound Interstate 5 just north of Weber Avenue in Stockton, California. She was driving in the number one lane when she struck a disabled vehicle that had been involved in an earlier collision. The disabled vehicle was split in half and propelled into two good Samaritans who had stopped to assist the stranded motorist. Brad Parrott was severely injured and succumbed to his injures on March 13, 2018, at San Joaquin County General Hospital. Doris Wilson was knocked over the concrete railing and fell into the deep-water channel below. Her body was not recovered until February 27, 2018.
California Highway Patrol officers arrived on scene within minutes and Ms. Ranada claimed to have been driving 70-74 miles per hour. She provided officers with two breath samples before being transported to the hospital, both of which read well below the presumptive level of 0.08%. After a thorough investigation by the California Highway Patrol, it was determined that Ms. Ranada was actually travelling at 104 miles per hour.
The Honorable Richard Guiliani presided over this case and on November 22, 2019, Ms. Ranada pled no contest to the only charges before the court, two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. After a careful and thoughtful review of a pre-plea probation report, Judge Guiliani sentenced her to spend 364 days in the county jail and placed her on five years of probation. Ms. Ranada had been gainfully employed at the time of the crime and has no prior criminal record.
Deputy District Attorney Robert Baysinger who prosecuted this case would like to acknowledge the work of Jessica Vanover, a Victim Advocate who provided immense support for the victims’ families.