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Man sentenced to prison in traffic death of Springs newborn

LAS VEGAS, N.M. - A man who was suspected of driving under the influence has been sentenced to the maximum nine years in prison for the death of a Colorado couple's newborn following an accident in northern New Mexico.

The baby died almost immediately after being delivered by Caesarean section at a hospital after the June 2012 crash on Interstate 25 near Rowe.
Aileen and Zach Smith of Colorado Springs were driving to California for a baby shower when a car veered in front of their SUV, causing the crash.
A district judge sentenced Ramon Hernandez of Santa Fe on Wednesday (2/12/14) on his convictions last year for vehicular homicide and other crimes.
Jurors acquitted Hernandez of DWI. Police did not test him for alcohol immediately after the crash because he denied being the driver.

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