Posted: Jul 17, 2013 9:26 PM by Katherine Worsham, KSBY News
Updated: Jul 18, 2013 7:07 AM
Santa Maria High School graduate Elmer Barrueta is the winner of a Mini Cooper from McCarthy's in San Luis Obispo for pledging to remain a sober driver.
Barrueta entered the "All in Driver" giveaway, along with hundreds of other northern Santa Barbara County and San Luis Obispo County high school seniors.
The students took a pledge and signed a year-long agreement to remain unimpaired drivers.
Winning the car has special meaning for Barrueta, because he says he made a promise to classmate Jade Dodson just days before she was killed in a car crash in Santa Maria.
Barrueta says he told Jade he'd take her out for a night on the town if he won the car.
Dodson died when a driver ran a red light at the intersection of Broadway and McCoy, hitting the car in which she was a passenger.
Cristian Carbajal, 19, has been charged with vehicular manslaughter in connection to that crash.
Photos courtesy: SMJUHSD
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