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Sierra Highway crash: Teen girl suspected of DUI, boyfriend killed

March 18, 2012 12:00:00 AM PDT
Relatives are mourning the death of a teenage boy killed in a suspected DUI crash in the Antelope Valley. The driver of the car was his 17-year-old girlfriend, who was hospitalized with critical injuries.

The crash happened Friday night on Sierra Highway, just south of Pearblossom Highway.

Friends said Jesus Lopez, 17, and his girlfriend, both students at Lancaster High School, had dated off and on for a couple of years. They had a dinner date the night of the crash.

Authorities said the girl was driving drunk. She crashed into a guardrail on the west side of the road. The CHP has withheld the driver's name because she is a minor.

"We lost someone amazing, full of life, and we're always going to miss him," said the victim's uncle, Bernardo Verdugo. "He was a really happy kid."

Verdugo said when Lopez's girlfriend found out that her boyfriend died, she said she didn't want to return to school. Lopez's grieving mother offered her support.

"She went to the hospital and told her that she needs to finish high school for him, and that she knows that it was an accident and accidents happen," said Verdugo.

There has been no word yet on what charges the girl may face. Verdugo said he hopes the death of his nephew will teach other teens not to take risks.

"Call your mom. Call your dad. Call a close friend. Don't drink and drive. Life is too fragile," he said.


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