South Florida man gets 15 years in prison for crash that killed 3 passengers

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MIAMI — A South Florida man has been sentenced to 15 years in prison for killing three passengers in car crash.

A Miami-Dade County judge sentenced 22-year-old Alberto de Jesus Coteron Oliva on Monday. He was convicted in April of vehicular homicide.

Authorities say Coteron was hanging out with 17-year-old Veronica Santiago, 15-year-old Isis Maciel Jimenez and 17-year-old Daniel Cardenas in August 2011 at the Dolphin Mall in Doral when the group decided to go for a ride.

At some point that night, Coteron tried to race his 1994 Honda Civic against a black Infiniti. Prosecutors say Coteron was driving around 80 mph before losing control and hitting a light post. The Miami Herald ( reports that the crash split the car in two.

Defense attorneys argued that Coteron was never going that fast and that another car bumped him off the road.

Information from: The Miami Herald,

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