MIAMI (CBSMiami) – A man accused of killing three of his friends in a reported drag race the weekend before the first day of school more than three years ago was found guilty Friday.
A jury said Alberto De Jesus Coteron Oliva was guilty of three counts of vehicular homicide and one count of leaving the scene of a fatal accident.
De Jesus Coteron Oliva was 19 at the time of the crash in 2011.
He was at the wheel of a Honda Civic and involved in an impromptu drag race on Northwest 12th Street in Doral on the night of August 20th.
Oliva lost control of the car which careened at a high rate of a speed into a concrete utility pole, splitting in two.
Oliva’s friends, 17-year old Veronica Santiago and-17-year-old Daniel Cardenas were killed, as was Oliva’s girlfriend 15-year-old Isis Jimenez.
The young people had been hanging out at the Dolphin Mall before the accident. Following the crash, Oliva ran from the scene, but later turned himself in.