The Sioux Falls man accused of causing a deadly New Year's crash is being held on a half-million dollars bond.
Oscar Madrigal made his first court appearance Thursday afternoon. The 20-year-old is facing charges of vehicular homicide, vehicular battery and his second DWI. A breathalyzer given to him at the scene showed his blood alcohol content was 0.224, nearly three times the legal limit for an adult over the age of 21 years old.
Madrigal responded with a simple 'yes' Thursday in court when asked whether he understands all the charges against him; charges that could send him to prison for 25 years.
Madrigal's court appearance came less than 24 hours after family and friends held a candlelight vigil to remember the victim who died in the crash, 38-year-old mother of six, Tanya Sanchez.
The crash happened early New Year's Day as Sioux Falls Police had 14 extra officers on the street conducting a New Year's Eve saturation patrol in an effort to curb drinking and driving.
"Which was exactly why we do these things is to try to prevent these things, and unfortunately we can't be everywhere and these things happen in the blink of an eye and the damage is done," Sioux Falls Police Lieutenant Jerome Miller said.
Madrigal was one of nine DWI arrests during the enforcement. Officers are continuing their investigation and following up with witnesses.
"We had a pretty good witness at that time. Of course the evidence speaks loudly at a collision like this especially when you have a traffic-controlled intersection but it's good to have the witness that stayed on scene," Miller said.
Madrigal is also charged with driving without a license a charge he has pleaded guilty to four other times.
The crash happened just a month before Madrigal’s 21st birthday.