The man who killed his passenger when he crashed his car after a police pursuit in southwest Bakersfield has been sentenced to more than 12 years in prison.

Deputy District Attorney Brad Taconi says Nigel Nieto pleaded no contest to gross vehicular manslaughter last month to avoid a murder charge and that alcohol, marijuana, and cocaine had been found in his system after the November 2016 crash.

Three other cars were damaged in the accident near Ming Avenue and Stine Road that killed 18-year-old Alexander Barajas.

Chuck Alan