Apple Valley man to be arraigned in crash that killed three kids

first_imgAccording to published reports, Romero was cited in 2002 and 2006 for speeding in a tractor-trailer and ticketed for driving without his lights on 2005 and driving with a suspended license in 1997. The children’s deaths galvanized residents of close-knit Ladera Ranch and touched many others who followed the news reports, leading to an outpouring of sympathy for a couple who had doted on their three young children and were left grief-stricken.160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! The family was returning home from a day at Irvine Spectrum, where they had gone to ride the Ferris wheel for Kyle’s birthday, which was the day before. The family was headed south on the 5 and came to a stop behind traffic in the exit lane at Oso Parkway. Romero allegedly came up behind the van at a speed of about 60-70 mph in a tractor-trailer carrying electronics weighing in excess of 40,000 pounds. According to prosecutors, Romero was inattentive and hit his brakes too late to stop before hitting the minivan. He is accused of driving at an unsafe speed and failing to maintain an appropriate distance from the traffic ahead of him. Emami said misdemeanor vehicular manslaughter charges may be filed when there is “ordinary negligence” or the failure to use reasonable care to prevent reasonably foreseeable harm to oneself or another. Felony vehicle manslaughter may be charged in cases of “gross negligence,” which involves more than ordinary carelessness, inattention or mistake in judgment. Drug and alcohol use was not a factor, and Romero was not hurt, authorities said. LAGUNA NIGUEL – An Apple Valley man is scheduled to be arraigned today on three misdemeanor counts of vehicular manslaughter after his truck allegedly slammed into a minivan on a Mission Viejo freeway, killing three children. The California Highway Patrol determined that Jorge Romero, 37, was responsible for the May 4 crash on the San Diego (5) Freeway near Oso Parkway that killed 5-year-old Kyle Coble and his sisters, Emma, 4, and Katie, 2, said CHP public affairs officer Chris Goodwin. If convicted, Romero faces up to three years in jail, according to Farrah Emami of the Orange County District Attorney’s Office. Romero is accused of negligently crashing his truck into the back of the minivan, driving through the back seat where the Coble children were sitting. Lori Coble, the children’s mother who was driving, and the children’s grandmother, Cynthia Gene Maestri, 60, of Coto de Caza, were injured. last_img

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