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Santa Fe man pleads guilty to vehicular homicide

SANTA FE — A man who was suspected of driving drunk during an April crash that killed one of his passengers pleaded guilty to one count of vehicular homicide Tuesday.

Dominic Friedlein, 25, was also was charged with two counts of great bodily harm by motor vehicle after he made a left turn from northbound St. Francis Drive onto San Mateo Road and was hit by an oncoming car on April 9. Stefan Siegman, 29, was in Friedlein’s passenger seat and was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other car suffered two broken wrists and three broken ribs while her 7-year-old son suffered a fractured eye socket and internal bleeding of his nose.

Friedlein told police that the drank three beers on an empty stomach prior to driving.

Deputy District Attorney Johnn Osborn said Friedlein pleaded guilty to the vehicular homicide charge in exchange for dismissal of the great bodily harm counts. Friedlein, who was booked jail Tuesday after being out on electronic monitoring, will be sentenced at a later date.

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