Man sentenced to 13+ years for deadly Cuesta Grade crash

Posted at 4:01 PM, Oct 15, 2018
and last updated 2018-10-16 00:40:56-04

An Arvin man found guilty of causing a deadly crash on the Cuesta Grade in 2016 was sentenced Monday to 13 years and eight months in state prison, according to the San Luis Obispo County District Attorney’s Office.

The sentencing comes after Gino Lopez was found guilty in September of gross vehicular manslaughter, 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 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.

Gino Lopez
Gino Lopez