A 30-year-old man was charged Tuesday with murder and other counts for allegedly driving under the influence of alcohol and triggering a fiery weekend crash in South Los Angeles that killed two young children and their father.
Jose Manuel Garcia of Los Angeles is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on three felony counts each of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, along with one felony count each of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a 0.08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI.
Garcia was allegedly intoxicated when he ran a red light Saturday at the intersection of South Hoover and West 76th streets and struck a minivan containing a family of five, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.
The minivan burst into flames, and Juan Reynoso, 34, and two of his children, 5-month-old Sebastian and 6-year-old Emma, died at the scene. Two other family members survived the crash, including a 9-year-old child who suffered major injuries.
Garcia, who was arrested Saturday night by investigators with the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Division, could face up to 82 years to life in state prison if convicted as charged, according to the District Attorney’s Office.