SAN FERNANDO, Calif. — A trucker involved in a fiery crash that killed two women and four children on a Southern California freeway has pleaded not guilty to vehicular manslaughter.
Richard Lopez of Walnut entered the misdemeanor pleas on Thursday. He faces up to six years in jail if convicted.
Prosecutors say Lopez had driven for more than 15 hours and hadn’t taken the legally required 10-hour rest break last year when he hit a van that was partially blocking a lane on Interstate 5 in Gorman.
The van tumbled down an embankment and caught fire. Two men escaped but couldn’t save their families. Two women and four children, ages 2, 3, 4 and 5, were trapped in the burning vehicle.