TORRANCE (CBS/AP) — A jury has convicted a driver of second-degree murder in a crash that killed two construction workers on Interstate 405 near Torrance.
Yocio Jonathan Gomez was found guilty Friday of second-degree murder, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and other charges. He faces up to 30 years to life in state prison when he is sentenced in May.READ MORE: Disney World, Disneyland Will Require All Guests To Wear Masks Indoors Starting Friday
Authorities say Gomez was speeding through a construction zone at approximately 3:30 a.m. on July 22, 2012 and crashed his Ford Explorer into the back of a Lexus SUV. The impact caused the SUV to spin out of control before striking and killing two workers and injuring a third worker.
Ramon Lopez, 56, and Ricardo Zamora, 58, were among those killed. All three victims were employed by a contracting firm under Caltrans supervision.
Prosecutors say Gomez had left a friend’s party where he had been drinking. His mother and other partygoers had urged him to stay.READ MORE: Another Possible Jet Pack Sighting Reported Near LAX
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