Rafael Lopez, Teen Held in December Crash That Killed Father and Son, Now Faces Murder Charges

Categories: 2010 Homicides
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An Anaheim teen originally charged with vehicular manslaughter in the December 2010 deaths of a father and son in Buena Park, just had the charges upgraded against him by prosecutors today to double-murder.

Rafael Lopez, 19, is accused of felony murder of Steven Uselton, 44, by causing multiple blunt force injuries and internal bleeding and felony murder of Douglas Uselton, 17, by causing blunt force trauma to the head and internal injuries.

Lopez, who is being held in lieu of $1 million bail, faces a maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison if convicted.

Around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2010, Lopez was driving his Mitsubishi sedan at high speeds on Crescent Avenue in Buena Park before accelerating through a red light at the Knott Avenue intersection and smacking into a Buick sedan driven by Steven Uselton, according to an Orange County District Attorney's office (OCDA) statement.

The Buick skidded 130 feet before coming to a stop. The driver and his son, who was being driven to an early-morning high school debate tournament, died at the scene. Lopez, who had a .13 blood alcohol level, was treated at a local hospital for minor injuries.

The Useltons are survived by a wife/mother and a teenage daughter/sister

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15 comments
Ljinbs
Ljinbs

With the 1-year anniversary approaching, I would love to see an update/tribute. Doug and Steve were amazing people.

Nancy Zuniga
Nancy Zuniga

I miss my brother and nephew more than I can ever express. It doesn't matter that Rafael is latino. They died because he was drinking and driving, speeding, and ran a red light. He killed two incredible men who happened to be white. Race doesn't have anything to do with what happened. My brother and his son were doing good in this world and were killed by someone who was doing bad.

mitch youngs pops
mitch youngs pops

dont worry about my lil bitch ass son Mitch posting anymore. I just beat his lil ass limp. Fcker was searching for gay porn on my computer!

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Hey all its mitch young here. So sorry for the negative comments. I don't hate Latino's at all. It's just that I had a very hung Latino boy friend who would pound me endlessly when we were dating.  Dude was a banshee in the sack and really went silly on my culo. Well he decided to leave me for another man and I hate him for this. Just wanted you all to know why I feel this way towards the "Latino's".

Mayonnaise Meth Head
Mayonnaise Meth Head

Please take your banjo and go back to Texas where it is legal to marry your sister.  Oh, and Bob and Ariel . . . boo hoo.

Bellamujer72
Bellamujer72

Wow. As if the news isn't full of other races killing people. Cover up (le vrai) mitch young because your IGNORANCE is showing. Y claro que si! I am a hispanic woman! Pendejo!

guest
guest

You are completely stupid. Clearly you just want another reason to 'dislike' latinos so you don't sound racist. You are just jealous Latinos are doing so much better here then most Americans like you I'm sure. For example, I'm a Latina in UCR studying to be a surgical oncologist. Oh and I speak three languages. BACK OF MORON.THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK IDIOT.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Since an OC Weekly columnist is digging up the memories of long dead white guys who never hurt anyone -- at least going by the evidence the columnist presents -- I feel it necessary to point out the real damage done to whites by non-whites. Turnabout is fair play -- and we all know if the perp here had been some working class white guy from 'the 909' all the board would be full of 'white trash' , 'meth head' etc comments.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

"BACK OF MORON.THINK BEFORE YOU SPEAK IDIOT."

Better: Back off moron. Think before you speak, idiot.

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

Oh, I don't know. Take a look at the birth rate in places like Utah, or among those bible believing Xians like the Duggars.

Pinche Wero
Pinche Wero

Okay people, don't feed this mayo colored trash troll.  He is the last of a dyng breed, losing political power, getting his Okie gene pool diluted into the meaningless, irrelevant Bible College vermin filling our unemployment offices.

ToddSputnik
ToddSputnik

Spoken like a true inbred.  Can you say, Los Angeleez?

(le vrai) mitch young
(le vrai) mitch young

mejor: Basura Blanca [adjective *after* the noun, and watch the gender agreement]

Blanco Basura
Blanco Basura

Spoken like a true trailer vermin meth head.

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