Madison teen faces sentencing in crash that killed 4 friends - WQOW TV: Eau Claire, WI NEWS18 News, Weather, and Sports

UPDATE: Madison teen sentenced to 32 years in crash that killed 4 friends

Victor Benitez, 19 Victor Benitez, 19

UPDATE (WKOW) -- The driver in a deadly drunk driving crash will spend more than 30 years in prison.

19-year-old Victor Benitez was convicted in the February 2012 crash that killed four of his friends.

Investigators say Benitez was driving when his car went airborne, lost control and hit a utility pole in Fitchburg.

A judge sentenced him to 32 years in prison, followed by 20 years of extended supervision.


UPDATE (WKOW) --- Victor Benitez is sentenced to 32 years in prison and 20 years supervision in the death of four friends while drunk driving.

We will have more on this story on 27 News at 5 & 6.


MADISON (WKOW) -- A Madison teenager convicted in a drunk driving accident that killed four of his friends will be sentenced Wednesday.

Victor Benitez, 19, is scheduled for sentencing in Dane County Circuit Court at 1:00 p.m. He was convicted by a jury in March of 13 counts related to the crash: four counts of Homicide by Intoxicated Use of a Vehicle, four counts of Homicide by Vehicle - Use of a Controlled Substance, four counts Operating Without a Valid License and Causing the Death of Another Person and one count of Obstructing an Officer. Benitez was also charged with four counts of Hit and Run Involving Death, but was found not guilty of those charges.

Police say in February 2012, Benitez was behind the wheel, drunk and on drugs, when he went through two stop signs on Lacy Road and rolled the vehicle. Benitez was driving four friends. He was the only survivor.

Killed were Phankham Chitanavong, 17, of Rockford, Illinois, Alan Michael Dickson, 25, of Rockford, Illinois, Jose Antonio Cabrera-Hernandez, 18, of Madison and Martin Sanchez-Gutierrez, 17, of Madison.



Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and WQOW. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service and Mobile Privacy Policy & Terms of Service.

Persons with disabilities who need assistance with issues relating to the content of this station's pubic inspection file should contact News Director Dan Schillinger at 715-852-5920. Questions or concerns relating to the accessibility of the FCC's online public file system should be directed to the FCC at 888-225-5322, at 888-835-5322 (TTY) or at