A 29-year-old Modesto man was sentenced to six years in prison for driving drunk and killing his passenger after crashing a sport utility vehicle on the night of his birthday celebration, the Stanislaus County district attorney's office said Tuesday.
Justin Robert Foster Stark was convicted of vehicular manslaughter while driving with a blood-alcohol content of 0.13 percent, above the legal limit of 0.08 percent.
Just before midnight on July 18, 2009, Stark was driving his Jeep Cherokee with his friend, David Gabriel Alvara, in the front passenger seat near Riverside Drive and Highway 132 in Modesto. They had been celebrating Stark's 29th birthday.
Although Stark was driving under the speed limit, he collided with a legally parked, unoccupied semi-trailer on the shoulder of the road. Alvara suffered fatal injuries from the impact.
A witness arrived at the scene and saw Stark holding Alvara in his arms and pleading with the witness to call 911.
This was Stark's second DUI conviction in two years.