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Guilty Plea in UC Berkeley DUI Deaths

Former grad student crashed car at 65 mph with BAC of 0.16.



    Guilty Plea in UC Berkeley DUI Deaths
    The drunk-driving crash that killed two people in May 2012 has produced a guilty plea.

    A former UC Berkeley master's student admitted to killing his girlfriend and her 6-year old son in a 2012 drunk-driving crash, according to reports.

    Jose Lumbreras, 25, was celebrating his impending graduation from the storied institution on May 18, 2012,  with his girlfriend, Milanca Lopez, 22. He was getting a master's degree; she had just finished her bachelor's degree.

    They were out drinking before they picked up Xavier, Lopez's son, from a baby-sitter. At the corner of California Street and Allston Way in Berkeley, Lumbreras drove the Cadillac the three were traveling in into a tree at 65 mph, according to the Oakland Tribune.

    Milanca Lopez was killed instantly. Xavier Lopez was removed from life-support a week later.

    Lumbreras had a blood-alcohol contents of 0.16 percent, two times the legal limit.

    He spent two months in the hospital with serious injuries before he was arrested and brought to Santa Rita Jail.

    He pleaded guilty to two counts of gross vehicular manslaughter and could face up to 12 years in prison.