Ex-Miss Argentina Rocio Santa Cruz has been sentenced to three years in prison for manslaughter after she was found guilty of a drunk hit-and-run while under the influence of alcohol.
Rocio Santa Cruz, 35, represented Argentina in the Miss World beauty contest from 2004-2005 and is a qualified lawyer.
She has been found guilty for the death of traffic warden Ramon Cabrera, 53, who had been riding his motorbike on Avenue Quaranta, in the city of Posadas, in January 2016.
Cruz was reportedly on her way home when she ran into Cabrera on his motorbike and did not stop.
The former beauty queen carried on until she reached her home and left her car outside her front entrance and went inside.
Witnesses formally identified Cruz, and authorities went to her house and found the vehicle outside, which showed signs of damage at the front.
She was tested for alcohol and found to have 0.88 grams/litre (0.088% BAC) of alcohol in her blood, which is over the legal limit of 0.05% BAC in Argentina.
Local media said Cruz was found to be driving her car around 68 kph (42 mph), in an area with a maximum speed of 60 kilometres (37 miles).
Cruz was sentenced to four years in prison for the accident in July 2018, but was released by the judge in charge of the case.
Georgina Lopez Liva, her lawyer, had applied for habeas corpus due to poor health.
After her release, Cruz gave an interview where she said “going to jail changes your life in many aspects” and said she was a victim of “sexist justice”.
In February of 2020, Cruz tried to leave the country, despite it being forbidden and was jailed again.
Her lawyers asked for habeas corpus once more, claiming that she had health problems and was suffering from depression, but it was not awarded to her.
Cruz was tried again, and this time the judge, Juan Manuel Montes, gave Cruz a lower sentence of three years.
He found that she was not driving at a high speed when the accident took place.
Judge Montes ordered the suspension of Cruz’s driving licence for 10 years, according to local newspaper Misiones Online.
Source Daily Star – World News