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5-time DUI offender convicted of murder after 7th DUI kills woman

A 5-time convicted DUI offender was convicted of murder after his 7th DUI led to the death of a woman who was riding on the back of a motorcycle with her husband. Just three weeks prior, the defendant, Jonathan Lindow, was arrested for a DUI over two times the legal limit.

The Sacramento County DA released a statement on the conviction.

Jonathan Lindow was convicted by a jury of second-degree murder, DUI causing injury, DUI causing injury with a BAC more than .08%, DUI, and DUI with a BAC more than .08%. The jury also found true allegations that Lindow’s BAC was .15% and .20% or higher, that he personally inflicted great bodily injury, and that he caused bodily injury to more than one victim.

On November 9, 2022, Lindow crashed into a motorcycle at the intersection of Greenback Lane and Hazel Avenue.  Lindsay Crawford was on the motorcycle with her husband.  Ms. Crawford suffered lethal injuries and was pronounced deceased at the scene. Her husband suffered a fractured collarbone and vertebrae among other injuries. Lindow submitted to a blood test, which yielded a .23% BAC.  Three weeks prior on October 14, 2022, Lindow was driving 20 miles over the speed limit in Folsom. When he submitted to a blood test in that incident, it yielded a .20% BAC. Lindow has five prior convictions involving DUI and was provided with the Watson advisement, which is an advisement that driving under the influence is extremely dangerous to human life and might lead to a charge of murder if someone is killed as a result.

Lindow faces a maximum sentence of 23 years to life in prison.  Sentencing is set for January 12, 2024, at 9:00 a.m. in Department 31 before the Honorable Steven Gevercer.

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