He had been drinking alcohol, coke, driving the Mercedes at 116 mph at 45 mph before the fatal crash.

He had been drinking alcohol, coke, driving the Mercedes at 116 mph at 45 mph before the fatal crash.

WEST PALM BEACH – A judge sentenced A Delray Beach man has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for killing a woman in a February 2021 high-speed crash in Boca Raton.

Cebaciano Cheridor pleaded guilty to charges of DUI manslaughter, vehicular manslaughter and driving without a valid license in the wreck that killed Lane Cheatham, 57, of Boynton Beach.

Circuit Judge Daliah Weiss also revoked Cheridor’s driver’s license for life when she sentenced him on Feb. 7.

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Boca Raton police arrested Cheridor, now 26, weeks after the crash, which happened Feb. 20, 2021, in the 2900 block of North Federal Highway, north of Glades Road.

According to a police report, Cheridor was traveling southbound at 116 mph when his black Mercedes-Benz crashed into Cheatham’s Nissan while pulling out of a hotel parking lot. The posted speed limit was 45 mph, the report said.

Toxicology reports showed that Cheridor had alcohol, cocaine and other drugs in his system that night, investigators said. Cheridor, who remained at the scene, told police he was driving the speed limit in an alley when he saw a car pull out of the driveway, the report said.

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Cheridor said he tried to maneuver to avoid the other vehicle, but the other vehicle pulled in front of him. According to reports, he denied drinking alcohol or consuming marijuana that night.

An official noted that the damage to the vehicle did not support Cheridor’s explanation for the crash.

Weiss was sentenced to 10 years on the manslaughter and manslaughter charges and five years on the license charge.

Julius Whigham II is a criminal justice and public safety reporter for the Palm Beach Post. You can reach him [email protected] And follow him on Twitter @Julius Whigham. Help support our work: Subscribe today.

This article originally appeared in the Palm Beach Post: A South Florida woman is headed to prison after she died in a high-speed crash

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