Rafael Lopez Convicted of Double Murder for Drunk-Driving Crash That Killed Father and Son
An Anaheim 20-year-old who as a teen was charged with murdering a father and son in an early-morning 2010 high-speed, drunken-driving crash, was convicted by a jury today.
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.
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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