Navy Man Kills 4 in Horrific Plunge From San Diego Bridge in Suspected DUI: Cops
Four people were killed and an active duty Navy man has been charged in their deaths after cops say he drove a truck off a San Diego bridge into a park below.
Richard Sepolio, 25, a U.S. Navy member stationed at the naval base on Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego, was behind the wheel of a pickup truck that nose-dived 60 feet off the Coronado Bridge Saturday.
The truck landed on a vendor booth in Chicano Park, where a motorcycle festival was being held. Four people were crushed to death.
Eight people on the ground were injured, including one who suffered major trauma, according to the San Diego Fire-Rescue Department.
Sepolio was seriously injured and taken to an area hospital, where he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence causing deaths and injuries, the officer said.
Among those killed were a husband and wife of 35 years, Cruz Elias Contreras, 52, and 50-year-old AnnaMarie Contreras. According to a GoFundMe page dedicated to the Arizona couple, they were parents of three and grandparents of two.
"Together, they spent many years providing a loving home for many of Arizona’s foster children," the GoFundMe page reads. Money raised was earmarked for Contreras' funeral arrangements.
Also killed were Andre Banks, 49, and Francine Jimenez, 46. The couple were visiting San Diego from the Los Angeles area, authorities said.
"It’s horrible. It’s horrific. We had innocent people down here having a good time and now they’re gone," California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez said.