Man Sentenced in Drunk Driving Deaths of Caltrans Workers

Yocio Gomez had more than twice the legal limit of alcohol in his system when he struck and killed two construction workers on the 405 Freeway

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A Wilmington man who killed two Caltrans workers while driving drunk on the 405 Freeway in 2012 was sentenced to 34 years to life in state prison Friday – the maximum time allowed.

Yocio Jonathan Gomez, 25, was driving his Ford Explorer at 90 mph through a construction zone near the Artesia Boulevard offramp in Torrance around 3:30 a.m. July 22, 2012.

He rear-ended another SUV, which spun out of control, striking and killing Ricardo Zamora, 58, and Ramon Lopez, 56, and injured a third worker, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Gomez was found guilty of two counts each of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and second-degree murder in the deaths of Zamora and Lopez.

He was also found guilty of one count each of DUI causing injury as a result of the third victim’s injuries. Gomez had previously been convicted of driving under the influence.

He was sentenced to the maximum time allowed under state law.

At the time of the collision, Gomez had a blood alcohol level of .21 - nearly three times the legal limit. During Gomez’s sentencing in a Torrance courthouse, Judge Steven Van Sicklen listened to testimony from the victims’ families.

He had just left a gathering where friends asked him not to drive, prosecutors said.

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