Retrial set for man accused in fatal crash in Gorman


The retrial for a man accused of killing six people in a fiery late-night crash on Interstate 5 is scheduled for next year, officials with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office said Monday.

Richard Lopez, 72, of Walnut, faces six misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter and one misdemeanor count of failing to comply with California Highway Patrol rules regarding hours of service for drivers, according to Ricardo Santiago, spokesman for the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

The jury trial for Richard Lopez has been set for Jan. 7, 2020, in Department A of the San Fernando Courthouse, according to Venusse Navid, public information officer for the District Attorney’s Office.

The crash killed Connie Wu Li, 33; Flora Kuang, 33; Jayden Li, 5; Lucas Li, 3; Sky Ng, 4; and Venus Ng, 2, when they were in a van from Daly City that broke down and was partially blocking the right lane near Gorman School Road on June 28, 2016, prosecutors said shortly after the incident.

When the tractor-trailer Lopez was driving crashed into the van, the van erupted in flames and went down an embankment, they said at that time.

The commercial truck driver had not rested the legally mandated 10 hours after allegedly driving for more than 15 hours, according to the criminal complaint.

If convicted as charged, Lopez faces a possible maximum sentence of six years in jail, Santiago said at the time charges were filed.

Two others were injured when the semi-truck crashed into the minivan.

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