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Teenage driver charged with manslaughter in O.C. drunk-driving case

December 21, 2010 |  4:42 pm

Rafael Lopez booking photo A teenage driver who was allegedly driving drunk was charged Tuesday with killing a father and son in Orange County after slamming into their vehicle in a high-speed crash.

The early-morning crash occurred Sunday as Rafael Lopez was driving on Crescent Avenue in Buena Park. He is charged with plowing into a Buick sedan driven by Steven Uselton, 44, who was with his son, Douglas Uselton, 17, the Orange County district attorney's office said.

The Useltons were driving to a high school debate tournament.

Lopez, 18, was charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter for allegedly driving while intoxicated, the district attorney's office said.

-- Robert J. Lopez

Photo: Rafael Lopez. Credit: Orange County district attorney's office