Arvin man pleads not guilty to Cuesta Grade crash charges

Gino Lopez
Gino Lopez

The Arvin man involved in the three-vehicle Cuesta Grade crash that killed a teenage girl pleaded not guilty to a series of charges, including murder.

Gino Lopez, 21, was arrested the night of April 15 after he lost control of his 1994 Honda Civic on southbound Highway 101, just south of TV Tower Road, and crashed into a metal guardrail before colliding with a tractor-trailer. Lopez was accompanied by three passengers: 16-year-old Emily Reyes, 19-year-old Brittany Arreola and 18-year-old Henry Aguilar, all of Wasco.

A 2016 Volvo then crashed into Lopez’s vehicle, causing Reyes to be fatally ejected from the car. Arreola suffered major injuries as a result of the accident.

Lopez was charged with murder, vehicular manslaughter and gross negligence, felony driving under the influence of alcohol, felony driving under the influence of alcohol with a blood alcohol content of .08 or higher, hit-and-run after causing injury or death and driving with a suspended license. He pleaded not guilty to all charges and is being held in lieu of $1 million bail at the San Luis Obispo County Jail, according to Superior Court documents.

Lopez will next appear in court on June 9 for a pretrial hearing.