Traves Oscar Krause, 32, of Modesto, was convicted April 3 of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence connected with a fatal crash that killed an 11-year-old boy at the intersection of Hatch and Carpenter roads.
He also was convicted of driving under the influence of causing injury.
Krause pled no contest to the felony manslaughter charge and fleeing the scene. He also pled to DUI causing injury with an enhancement for causing great bodily injury to two people, as well as an enhancement for injuring more than one person. Krause also admitted being previously convicted for DUI in 2015.
Deputy District Attorney Bianca Yip prosecuted the case.
The fatal crash occurred at 10:52 p.m. on March 13, 2017 as Krause was driving at over 100 miles per hour on Carpenter Road when his car slammed into another car driven by Mayra Rangel at Hatch Road. The collision killed Ms. Rangel's eleven-year-old son and seriously injured her husband and nine-year-old daughter. Ms. Rangel suffered minor physical injuries.
Krause ran from the scene and called 911 to report his vehicle stolen. Modesto Police officers found him at his home shortly thereafter. An investigation and chemical blood test confirmed that Krause was under the influence of methamphetamine at the time and that he was driving 126 mph five seconds before the crash. An hour and a half prior to the collision, Krause received a text message from his girlfriend begging him to not drive. Four minutes before impact, he texted back a photograph of his vehicle's speedometer reading 130 mph.