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Video Shows DUI Repeat Offender In Violent Fatal Crash

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Aurora, CO - Raw video released of a deadly drunken driving crash shows just how quickly and violently a life can be taken. Although the video is tough to watch, the district attorney and the victim's family hopes that on this holiday weekend, it will make some people think twice about driving intoxicated. The drunk driving crash occurred on East Colfax in March 2014. It took the life of an Aurora teenager, Juan Carlos Dominguez-Palomino. The driver, 41-year-old Ever Olivos-Gutierrez, was drunk, speeding and ran four red lights before he T-boned the Camaro driven by the 17-year-old. On Wednesday, the judge gave Olivos-Gutierrez the maximum sentence of 40 years in prison because he had three prior DUI convictions. "This was only a matter of time. He was bound to kill someone," the prosecutor argued. Prosecutors also stressed that Olivos-Gutierrez was reckless and speeding at 80 mph with a blood-alcohol level more than three times the legal limit. A cousin of the teenager told the Arapahoe County court that Olivos-Gutierrez had "made a mockery of our system." Olivos-Gutierrez admitted to having a drinking problem ever since his 2-year-old son died of a heart defect. But it wasn't the defendant's reputed alcoholism that was the issue here, the cousin said, but rather his decision to get behind the wheel of a vehicle under the influence -- again. Olivos-Gutierrez was also not in the country legally. Aurora Police Department reported that the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement said Olivos-Gutierrez had been in the United States illegally since January 2004 when his visitor visa expired.