SAN FRANCISCO -- A Hayward man was sentenced to one year in county jail and five years of probation Wednesday for a drunken-driving crash that critically injured a young tourist leaving a Giants game last year.

Andrew Alan Vargas, 22, also must pay restitution to the victims, attend a nine-month DUI class and perform 100 hours of community service by speaking to youths about the crash, said San Francisco assistant district attorney Omid Talai, who prosecuted the case.

The sentence was delivered five weeks after Vargas pleaded guilty to one felony count of DUI causing injury, with a special allegation that great bodily injury was inflicted.

The plea qualified as a strike under California's Three Strikes Law and would be Vargas' first, Talai said.

Vargas, who has been in custody in county jail since August, is expected to be released within the next two months, receiving credit for time already served, the District Attorney's Office said.

He was convicted of being drunk while driving a Toyota Tundra pickup that struck Ryan White, a Pennsylvania boy, and his aunt Aug. 4 as they were crossing Mission Street in downtown San Francisco.

Ryan, who was vacationing in the Bay Area with his family, had just finished watching a Giants-Phillies game at AT&T Park. The boy, now 10, was 9 at the time of the crash.

Police said Vargas was stopped about an hour later near his Hayward home. His blood-alcohol level was determined to be higher than the legal limit of 0.08, authorities said.


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Ryan, who returned home in September to his family in Pennsylvania, is preparing for a fourth surgery Friday in Philadelphia, his parents said Wednesday in a statement.

"We are pleased that Mr. Vargas has admitted his guilt and wants to take responsibility for his actions," the White family said. "It helps us to know that he is sorry, which will make it easier for us to move forward."

The family also thanked San Franciscans for assisting police in finding and arresting Vargas.

Most of Ryan's injuries have healed, but "he still has a major medical issue which has yet to be resolved," the boy's family said. "We would love to be in San Francisco next week when the Phillies play the Giants, but we'll be watching from Ryan's hospital room and thinking fondly of all the people in the Bay Area."

A trust fund has been established to help with the expense of Ryan's recovery. Donations can be mailed to: Ryan White Trust, P.O. Box 562, Langhorne, PA 19047.

Contact Chris De Benedetti at 510-353-7011. Follow him at Twitter.com/cdebenedetti.