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Driver sentenced for fatal crash he caused while intoxicated on 91 Freeway

A 33-year-old Placentia man who was intoxicated when he caused a five-vehicle crash on the 91 Freeway that killed a woman and injured four others was sentenced Friday to 15 years to life in prison, authorities said.

Isaac Robert Longo had earlier pleaded guilty in Orange County Superior Court to one count of gross vehicular manslaughter. Prosecutors said Longo had two prior DUI convictions, which enhanced his sentence.

Longo admitted to being under the influence of marijuana and prescription drugs when he lost control of his pickup on Nov. 7, 2007, while trying to pass rush-hour traffic on the freeway shoulder at speeds in excess of 70 mph.

Longo’s truck fishtailed and slammed into a Honda sedan that was stopped in traffic in the far right lane, sending the vehicle into others. Killed was 82-year-old Cecelia Lopez, a passenger in the Honda being driven by her daughter.


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Time and again we hear of the horrific accidents that impaired drivers cause.
But, according to my chemistry professor, 10% of the drivers out after dark, are under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs.

Two priors and he only got 15 years? That is not justice.

Why do we allow people with DUI convictions to get back behind the wheel of a car? The first offense should be automatic loss of license for 5 years. If you cause serious injuries during your first offense the penalty should be jail time. 2nd offense-- longer jail time--3rd offense--prison for life.

If you choose to drink and/or take drugs and get behind the wheel it should be implied that you understand you could very likely hurt or kill someone. It should also be implied that you understand the consequences will be loss of freedom for an extended period of time.

Seems like a light sentence considering he was doing 70 mph on the shoulder during rush hour...

Who was the judge who slapped him on the wrist...

He won't do 10 years...

of course its justice, he didnt mean to d this..its a horrible thing but his intentions was not to kill...he got what he desreved...

15 to life? That means he will be out in just a few years -- and, based on recidivism statistics for drunks, will kill more innocent human beings.

These creatures KNOW they are not supposed to drink and drive. A few years in prison is not enough penalty for the innocents they kill.

The marijuana proponents love to tell everyone marijuana makes you a better driver, and a more careful driver (their words). They said it is totally safe to be high on pot and drive. So much for that pot propaganda. Tell that to the Lopez family. Pot heads are nothing more than reckless, lying, low life scumbags.

Sad but necessary. Put a banner on this one.


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