Manassas man sentenced in racing death

A Manassas man was sentenced to 10 years in jail Thursday in Prince William County Circuit Court after a drag race got out of control last September, killing a 92-year-old great-grandmother and her 64-year-old daughter.

According to police reports, Henry M. Dominguez, 20, of 7814 Howard St., was racing a 19-year-old friend on a two-lane road during a rainy night Sept. 27.

Dominguez, who appeared in court with several family members and friends, raced Franklin E. Rivera on Well Street at around 10 p.m. According to police reports, Dominguez was driving a 1996 Dodge Avenger and ran a stop sign at the intersection of Leland Road and Well Street.

His car collided with a Ford Taurus, occupied by Ruth M. Saylor and her mother Mary E. Scrivener. Police reports estimate the racer’s speed to have been about 40 mph over the posted 25 mph speed limit.

Dominguez was arrested Oct. 18 and charged with two counts of involuntary manslaughter. He was sentenced Thursday to 10 years for each count, with five years suspended on each. He was also sentenced to 10 years probation, five for each count, and will serve 500 hours of community service.

Where Dominguez completes his community service was left to the discretion of the victim’s family. He was also ordered to pay back the costs the family incurred for medical treatment and funeral arrangements at a rate of $100 per month.

Staff writer Trina Goethals can be reached at (703) 368-3101, Ext. 121.

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