Rafael Lopez Convicted of Double Murder for Drunk-Driving Crash That Killed Father and Son
Rafael Lopez was found guilty of two felony counts of murder and faces up to 30 years to life in state prison at his June 7 sentencing in Santa Ana.
Rafael Lopez, Teen Held in December Crash That Killed Father and Son, Now Faces Murder Charges
Around 5:30 a.m. on Dec. 18, 2010, then-18-year-old 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 44-year-old Steven Uselton, whose son Douglas, 17, was a passenger.
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.
Lopez was originally charged with vehicular manslaughter but prosecutors later upgraded the counts against him to double-murder.
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