27-year-old Oscar Lopez was killed Sunday night after being hit by a drunken driver on the Interstate 5, the San Diego Tribune reports. Lopez was sleeping in the back seat of while his wife, Angela Lopez, drove their 2004 Ford Explorer, when 43 year old William Romero struck the Lopez’ car after drifting into their lane.
Oscar Lopez was ejected from the vehicle and pronounced dead at the scene. The Lopez’ son, Oscar Jr., was also ejected from the back seat of the vehicle but sustained only minor injuries. Angela Lopez and a front seat passenger Ashley Lopez, Oscar’s sister, were uninjured.
Romero, who was driving while intoxicated, fled the scene of the accident and was later caught by authorities and arrested. He is being held on bail with felony charges of drunken driving and vehicular manslaughter.
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