Victim's family relieved after drunken driver sentenced to 40 years in prison

Jose Hernandez got seventh DWI after hitting, killing pedestrian Gilbert Ramos

SAN ANTONIO – A grieving family is finally feeling at peace after the man who killed their loved one, was sentenced to 40 years in prison. Jose Hernandez received his seventh DWI after he hit and killed 25-year-old Gilbert Ramos.

"He was the only son I had," said Gilbert's mother, Elizabeth Delgado.

Ramos was killed in August of 2013. The father of three was just 25 years old.

"He was the one we always went to when we needed anything. We were always there for each other. We were close," said his older sister Jeanette Ramos.

It has been hard for Jeanette to forget the day her little brother died.

"He had left from my house that day to go pick up some clothes from his grandma's," she said. "We were expecting him to come back that night."

He never made it home.

Gilbert was crossing the street legally at Wallace Street and General McMullen Drive when Jose Hernandez plowed into him. Police said Hernandez was speeding away from another accident he'd caused. Witnesses said he had already run two red lights when he hit Gilbert Ramos.

Hernandez was arrested with a blood alcohol concentration of 0.24, three times the legal limit. Along with his seventh DWI, he was charged with murder.

"He didn't learn the first time, the second time, and he did three years two times for the other ones that he did. And he still came out and did the same thing," Jeanette said in disbelief.

The Bexar County District Attorney's Office confirmed Hernandez had previously been sentenced to prison in 2003 and 2010 to prison for DWI. 

Over the three-year period since his last arrest, Jeanette and her mom were in and out of court, sitting in the same room as Hernandez.

"I couldn't even look at him," Jeanette said, describing a tremendous amount of anxiety. "We would have to relive the story every time we go over there."

Then on Monday, that torture ended for good. Hernandez was sentenced to 40 years in prison.

"It means a lot because he won't hurt nobody no more," Delgado said.

With a sense of relief, Gilbert's entire family has found the closure they've been needing for years.

"We're always going to miss him, but we can go on with our life now," Delgado said.

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