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Driver Charged With Manslaughter, DUI in Upland Crash That Killed 4

September 09, 2004|From a Times Staff Writer

The San Bernardino County district attorney filed criminal charges Wednesday against Alberto Vallejos, 33, whose car crashed into the rear of a sport-utility vehicle in Upland on Saturday, killing four people.

The SUV had slowed because of a mattress on Interstate 10. When Vallejos' car hit it, the SUV rolled over and its gas tank ruptured and ignited.

Authorities said Vallejos drove off and was arrested later at his home. Three Fontana sisters and their 11-year-old niece were killed.

They were Maria Gabriela Ochoa, 22, Ramona Ochoa, 20, Socorro Adriana Ochoa, 18, and Norma Ochoa, 11. Three others in the SUV escaped.

The charges against Vallejos include gross vehicular manslaughter, drunk driving and leaving the scene of an accident. He is scheduled to be arraigned today in Superior Court in Rancho Cucamonga.

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