A motorist was sentenced Thursday to 13 years in prison for being high on drugs and causing a fatal collision in northeast Fresno that killed 26-year-old Matthew Harkenrider and injured several other motorists last summer.
In December, Roberta Soto, 46, pleaded no contest in Fresno County Superior Court to felony gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence while causing injury, auto theft, possession of a controlled substance and driving without a license.
Police said Soto was driving a stolen Kia Sorento and was high on methamphetamine when she ran a red light on Herndon Avenue at Fresno Street and collided with a westbound car driven by Harkenrider, a Clovis resident. He died at the scene of the crash, which occurred at 6:55 a.m. Aug. 14.
Six people, including Soto, were injured in the crash after the two vehicles careened into three others at the intersection, police said.
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Soto’s criminal record includes a 2012 conviction for identity theft, for which she was sentenced to a year in jail, and a 2010 conviction for possessing narcotics, for which she was sentenced to 180 days in jail.
Harkenrider grew up in Oakhurst and played baseball and football for Yosemite High School, where he graduated in 2007. He was married and worked as a radiology technologist at Community Regional Medical Center in downtown Fresno. He was on his way to work when he was killed, police said.