Just as his trial was about to begin Robert Stinziano, 25, plead guilty to intoxication manslaughter and intoxication assault charges Tuesday.
Driving the wrong way on Blanco Road on the night of Oct. 17, 2010, Stinziano slammed broadside into a car driven by Karla Viesca, 24, at the intersection of Blanco Road and the Loop 1604 access road.
Viesca’s car was severed in half by the impact. She was killed instantly.
A passenger in Stinziano’s car, Kaylie McKaskill, was critically injured.
During his opening statement, prosecutor David Henderson said Stinziano was not cooperating with police at the scene that night.
“The defendant actually told people approaching the scene, including police officers, ‘I wasn’t driving, I wasn’t driving,’” Henderson said.
He said Stinziano claimed it wasn’t even his car.
Witnesses said it appeared that he was trying to move McKaskill into the driver’s seat as he tried to get out of the car.
“They saw him sitting in the passenger’s seat with his feet hanging out the open door,” Henderson said.
He said that Stinziano’s blood alcohol level was twice the legal limit.
Since Stinziano plead guilty, the jury’s only task is to determine his punishment.
The punishment range for intoxication manslaughter is from two to 20 years in prison and for intoxication assault, the range is from two to 10 years in prison.
Stinziano is also eligible for probation.
Testimony will continue on Wednesday in Judge Melisa Skinner’s 290th District Court.