An Inglewood man has been charged with three felony counts for an alleged DUI crash in Torrance last week that severely injured his 10-year-old daughter.
Gil Paul Hernandez, 55, pleaded not guilty Wednesday in a Torrance courtroom to one count each of driving under the influence of an alcoholic beverage causing injury, driving with a 0.08 percent or more blood alcohol content and child abuse, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The charges include allegations that he personally inflicted great bodily injury.
Hernandez’s daughter — who was in his vehicle’s passenger seat — was severely injured when he crashed his car into two vehicles while driving near 182nd Street and Prairie Avenue last Friday, prosecutors said.
No one else was injured.
Witnesses at the scene said the black 1997 BMW 850 CI coupe was speeding south on Prairie Avenue, passing several vehicles when it collided with a silver 2001 Chevrolet Impala it tried to go around, Torrance Police Sgt. David Koenig said shortly after the crash. The BMW then lost control and struck a curb before crossing into the northbound lanes of Prairie Avenue where it collided with a Toyota Camry.
Hernandez was arrested at the scene of the crash, which resulted in Prairie Avenue being closed in both directions between 182nd Street and Artesia Boulevard for nearly six hours as police investigated the collision.
He has remained behind bars in lieu of $100,000 bail, according to jail records.
Hernandez is due back in court Oct. 25, when a date is scheduled to be set for a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to require him to stand trial.
If convicted as charged, he could face up to nine years in state prison, according to the District Attorney’s Office.
–City News Service