Man involved in deadly Cuesta Grade crash found guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter

Posted at 2:10 PM, Sep 05, 2018
and last updated 2018-09-05 17:10:41-04

A jury returned with a verdict Wednesday in the trial of a man charged with causing a deadly crash on the Cuesta Grade two years ago.

The San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office tweeted Wednesday afternoon, saying jurors found Gino Lopez guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter in the 2016 crash. Jurors also found him guilty of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence of alcohol causing injury, driving with a .08 percent or higher blood alcohol level causing injury, leaving the scene of an accident, and driving on a suspended license.

The California Highway Patrol said, on April 15, 2016, the 23-year-old from Arvin was speeding southbound on Highway 101 when he crashed his car on the Cuesta Grade just north of San Luis Obispo. Two other vehicles were involved, including a semi truck. The crash killed Emily Monique Reyes, 16, of Wasco, and injured two other teens. 

Jurors deliberated for almost a week before reaching the verdict.

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