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Drunk Emergency Medical Technician fatally strikes tow truck driver with his car

By Mason White 4:48 PM December 22, 2014
Faapuna Mac Manu with his wife 

By: Tanya Malhotra
An Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) was arrested, charged and convicted of vehicular manslaughter after fatally striking a tow truck driver with his car, prosecutors in California said.

The Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced that the 28-year-old man who was convicted of driving drunk and fatally striking the tow truck driver, was sentenced to serve time in state prison.

Raymond Burley III of Los Angeles, pleaded guilty to a felony count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Mark C. Kim sentenced Burley to four years in state prison.

Deputy District Attorney Vance Davis said that one early morning, the former EMT was driving home from a holiday party when he crashed into the tow truck operator servicing a disabled vehicle on the 405 Freeway.

The victim, Faapuna Mac Manu, 27, was killed upon impact. Immediately after the fatal collision, the defendant attempted to slash his wrists, according to court testimony.

Authorities arrived at the scene and arrested Burley in connection with the crash.

Evidence presented at a preliminary hearing established that the defendant was driving with a blood alcohol content level of .11 percent.