Judge: Driver in deadly Coronado crash drove 81mph on bridge

Posted at 4:22 PM, Oct 19, 2016
and last updated 2016-10-19 19:34:20-04

New information has been released about a crash in San Diego that killed a Chandler couple.

Richard Anthony Sepolio, 25, was arraigned Wednesday on charges including DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Following the arraignment, the judge explained to reporters that Sepolio admitted to authorities he had been drinking on Saturday, having wine and some cocktails while at a restaurant with a friend.

According to the judge, Sepolio and his friend took an Uber back to her apartment, and she expressed concern that he should not be driving.

The judge said Sepolio drove on the bridge -- where the posted speed limit is 45 MPH -- and was trying to merge into the left lane when he claimed another driver would not let him in.

According to the judge, Sepolio admitted to speeding up to pass the car, and he then lost control of his vehicle at approximately 81 MPH.

Sepolio's attorney has requested the toxicology reports and blood-alcohol content numbers, but those statistics have not been made available as of Wednesday.

Sepolio had been stationed for about a year at the base on Coronado Island across the bay from San Diego, the San Diego Union-Tribune reported Monday.

He enlisted in September 2014 and went to boot camp at the Recruit Training Command Great Lakes in Illinois and also attended apprenticeship schools in Pensacola, Fla., and Norfolk, Va.

Sepolio worked at Coronado as an aviation electronics technician, or a J130, and was assigned to Helicopter Combat Squadron 6. Aviation electronics technicians troubleshoot and repair a number of electronics in Navy aircraft.

A military spokesman said it is too soon to say what next steps the Navy will take.

The people who were killed were Cruz Elias Contreras, 52, and Annamarie Contreras, 50, of Chandler, Arizona ; and Andre Christopher Banks, 49, and Francine Denise Jimenez, 46, both from Hacienda Heights, a suburb east of Los Angeles, the San Diego County Medical Examiner said.