Man Involved in Fatal 405 Freeway Crash Charged with Murder

A Playa Vista man was also involved in the incident, and has been released.

Yocio Jonathan Gomez, 23, has been charged with murder for his alleged involvement in a fatal Sunday collision on the 405 Freeway that killed two construction workers, the District Attorney’s office announced Wednesday. 

At approximately 3 a.m. on Sunday, Stephan Christopher Caserta, a Playa Vista resident, was slowing down for a construction site on the northbound 405 Freeway at the South Bay Curve when Gomez rear-ended him. The collision forced Caserta’s Lexus SUV to smash into the construction workers, killing two, Romano Lopez and Ricardo Zamora, and injuring a third. Gomez’s Ford Explorer flipped onto its roof.

Officials arrested both drivers on suspicion of driving under the influence. Gomez was charged with two counts of second degree murder and two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors are asking bail to be set at $5 million. He faces a life sentence if convicted.

Caserta was released on bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Aug. 10.

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deechoo July 26, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It's not just any accident, he was driving under the influence! What this article doesn't note is that Gomez has two prior DUI convictions from July 2008 and April 2009.
Joseph July 26, 2012 at 08:38 AM
He should sit in prison ..for a long time..pretty selfish to be driven drunk..someone I know was one of the men that were there working next to all of them..his words were " just three seconds earlyer it would of been me " 0 tolerance for drinking and driveing.....
v fascio July 26, 2012 at 09:59 PM
No mercy. He had none within him when he turned the key & drove drunk.. let him sit for as long as his life is... Don't allow him a chance to take another life.
El Cid July 27, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Drinking and Driving do not mix! As for punishment? I'll leave it the Jury and...The Judge!
OLGA July 28, 2012 at 05:42 PM
Once a person makes that chose to get behind that wheel and drive, that is on them. So, to me that is selfish, to be so stupid and take that chance. So, yes he (they) deserve to go to jail and do he (their) time for taking 2 lives. Those men were someone's SON, HUSBAND, PROBABLY A BROTHER OR EVEN A GRANDFATHER. They family members r going to have to go on with their lives without their love one. My prayers go out to their family and the family of the drunk drivers. It's that their fault that the driver made that chose to drink and drive.
Joyce Devader July 29, 2012 at 02:13 AM
Life gone to soon
Zippy's Mom July 29, 2012 at 02:58 AM
Why would we want him in jail for life? If this is his second or third DUI then once convicted put him on death row (until his appeals are over) then process the death warrant for him.


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