McCloud teen faces up to 10 years in prison over drunk driving death

Damon Arthur
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Justice, courts

A McCloud teenager could be sentenced to up to 10 years in prison next month after pleading guilty to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

The charges stem from a fatal crash involving Jaden Hunter Quiring, 19, and two passengers in the car he was driving last summer on Highway 89 outside McCloud, according to the Siskiyou County District Attorney's Office.

On the night and early morning of June 29-30, 2022 Quiring and other underage friends had been drinking at a friend's house in McCloud, the DA's office said.

Quiring, then 18, had been drinking heavily before giving a friend a ride home and then returning to the home in McCloud where he and others had been drinking earlier, officials said. Some of those at the home were also not of legal drinking age, the DA's office said.

At about 2 a.m. Quiring and two others left the house, with Quiring again at the wheel. They dropped off one person and continued down Highway 89 to take home 20-year-old Stephen Ramos Jr.

Quiring was driving "well above the speed limit" when he crossed over a double yellow line to pass a vehicle in front of him, the DA's office said. But when he swerved to return to the correct lane he lost control of the car and crashed into a tree, the officials said.

The car caught fire, but the motorist they passed stopped, cut Quiring's seatbelt and removed him from the vehicle. Ramos died from the impact of the crash, officials said.

District Attorney Kirk Andrus said the crash and Ramos' death was a preventable tragedy.

"It seems that every group of young people must learn this by sad experience," Andrus said. "We hope that the lessons learned from Mr. Ramos' death save the lives of other young people moving forward."

Quiring pleaded guilty in Siskiyou County Superior Court on March 8 to gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, both felonies. His sentencing is scheduled for May 17.

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