VISTA, Calif. - The San Marcos man who admitted to running a red light on Rancho Santa Fe Road, killing a young man who was driving home from work, was sentenced to six years in prison.
Zachary Hulcer apologized to the family of 20-year-old Brendan Arce at his sentencing Thursday, telling them he planned to take his sentence "like a man."
It was hard to find a dry eye in the courtroom as Arce family members read impact statements to the judge, asking him to sentence Hulcer to the maximum possible sentence of 10 years.
"This is a freaking nightmare," said Arce's mother, Anne Arce, with tears streaming down her face."Somebody, anybody help us."
Arce was described as a young man who could "light up any room." He was a volleyball coach at Mission Hills High, who worked nights at the Casa de Bandini restaurant in Carlsbad. He was driving home after work when Hulcer's Buick raced through an intersection on Rancho Santa Fe Road, splitting Arce's red Mustang in half and killing him instantly.
Arce's aunt, Jennifer Arce said she doesn't look at the crash as an accident.
"You don’t accidentally drive down the street at speeds of up to 100 miles an hour. You don’t accidentally charge through a red light going so fast you split a car in half. Brendan didn’t even stand a chance coming home from work that night. He had his whole life ahead of him and now he’s gone," she said.
Hulcer, who already had a DUI conviction on his record, was also sentenced to a year in prison on an unrelated vandalism charge.