It is a sad fact that many DUI accidents often leave people injured and sometimes cause loss of life. When this occurs, the charges that a suspected DUI driver may face become more serious. The charges can begin to multiply to include additional charges as well as the DUI charge, which typically involves felonies.
On April 15, Gino Lopez, whom the California Highway Patrol state was speeding in the southbound lanes of Highway 101, crashed his car. The accident took place just north of San Luis Obispo. One of Lopez’s passengers, Emily Monique Reyes, 16, was ejected from the vehicle. She died at the scene.
Another passenger in the vehicle, 19-year-old Brittany Arreola, suffered major injuries in the accident. A third passenger, Henry Aguilar, 18, suffered minor injuries in the accident.
Two other vehicles were involved in the accident, including a semi truck.
On Wednesday, May 4th, Lopez pleaded not guilty to all of the charges that he is facing. Lopez is charged with murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a suspended license.
At the hearing, Lopez’s bail was increased to $1 million. I preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 17th.
If you have been charged with DUI, you will need representation at your hearing. All of our attorneys are experienced with DUI law and defense. We may be able to help you attain the best outcome for your situation. Contact us today.