Opening statements were set to begin Wednesday in the trial of a 20-year-old man accused of killing a Buena Park father and son while driving drunk in 2010.
Rafael Lopez of Anaheim faces felony murder charges in the Dec. 18, 2010, crash, the Orange County district attorney's office said. If convicted, he faces a maximum of 30 years to life in state prison.
Lopez was 18 when he allegedly ran a red light on Buena Park's Crescent Avenue and crashed into a Buick driven by Steven Uselton, 44, prosecutors said. Uselton's 17-year-old son, Douglas, was in the passenger seat; authorities said the two were headed to an early morning high school debate tournament.
Upon being struck, the Useltons' car traveled more than 130 feet before coming to a stop, prosecutors said. The father and son were pronounced dead at the scene.