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Man given 7 yrs for killing 2 in O.C. crash

Osvaldo Orozco, 30, of Carson is seen in this booking photo provided by the Orange County District Attorney's Office. (Photo courtesy of Orange County District Attorney's Office)

November 13, 2010 12:00:00 AM PST
A man was sentenced on Friday to seven years in prison for killing two and injuring another in a 2009 car crash near Orange.According to police, 30-year-old Osvaldo Orozco of Carson was driving under the influence of alcohol at around 4:40 a.m. on Jan. 11, 2009. He was traveling at a high rate of speed along the 57 Freeway with three passengers in his car: Luis Mendez, 27, Andrew Martinez, 25, and Jesus Colin, 23.

Orozco was driving the group from a party at Martinez's house and heading toward Orange when his 1972 Chevrolet veered off the freeway and crashed into a tree.

The car burst into flames upon impact. Orozco and Mendez climbed over a fence, walked approximately 500 feet and hid behind a pile of rocks while the two others, Martinez and Colin, were still in the burning car.

Investigators said Orozco made 11 calls from his mobile phone before finally calling 911. By that time, officers had already arrived.

Martinez and Colin both died at the scene. Mendez suffered a broken arm and fractured vertebrae and ribs. Orozco received a fractured vertebrae and second degree burns to his chest, arm and face.

In September 2010, a jury found Orozco guilty of one felony count of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.