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A man accused of driving drunk and killing two Palmdale brothers in a wrong-way crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway in January remains behind bars Thursday on $4 million bail.

Rodney Deshone Wright of San Fernando pleaded not guilty Wednesday to two counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury and driving with a .08 percent blood-alcohol content causing injury.

The complaint includes an allegation that the 39-year-old defendant’s blood-alcohol concentration was .15 percent or more at the time of the Jan. 21 crash that killed 27-year-old Ainsley Hall Hubbard and his brother, Aiden Cochran Hubbard, 31.

Wright drove his Ford F-150 pickup truck southbound in the carpool lane of the northbound 405 Freeway for a few miles before crashing into the Dodge Caravan minivan driven by Ainsley Hubbard near the Sepulveda Boulevard undercrossing in West Los Angeles around 2:40 a.m., according to the highway patrol and prosecutors.

Wright, who also sustained serious injuries in the crash, was arrested Tuesday.

He is due back in an Airport Branch courtroom Aug. 25, when a date is expected to be set for a preliminary hearing to determine whether there is sufficient evidence to proceed to trial.

If convicted as charged, Wright faces a possible maximum sentence of 30 years to life in state prison.

–City News Service

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