Man pleads no contest to DUI crash that killed Fresno State student

FRESNO, Calif. (KFSN) -- A man has changed his plea after previously saying he was not guilty of driving under the influence and killing his passenger during a downtown Fresno crash.

Tuesday, 24-year-old Francisco Cabrera pleaded no contest to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

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The other three charges of driving under the influence and at an unsafe speed were dropped.

Last August, Cabrera's passenger, 23-year-old Luis Palma, died in the crash at Fulton and Sacramento Streets.

Cabrera had a blood alcohol content of .19 when he slammed his truck into five parked cars. The impact killed Palma, who was a senior at Fresno State and part of Nu Alpha Kappa fraternity.

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Investigators say Cabrera was driving down Fulton at a high rate of speed before the crash.

Cabrera is scheduled to be sentenced on March 16.
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