Convicted DUI Driver Shows No Remorse as He Is Sentenced in Killings of 2 Freeway Workers

A 25-year-old man convicted of killing two construction workers on the 405 Freeway in Torrance while driving under the influence was sentenced to 34 years to life in prison on Friday.

Yocio Jonathan Gomez of Wilmington was found guilty of two felony counts each of second-degree murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated back in April, according to the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Gomez was driving his Ford Explorer at 90 mph through a construction zone on the freeway in the early morning hours of July 22, 2012 when he rear-ended another SUV, which fatally struck 56-year-old Ramon Lopez and 58-year-old Ricardo Zamora, the DA’s Office stated. A third person was also injured in the collision.

Gomez’s blood alcohol level was .21 — nearly three times the legal limit — at the time of the crash, prosecutors said.

“The people at the party who were your friends begged you, pleaded with you not to get in the car, not to drive. You ignored them,” Judge Steven R. Sicklen said.

Gomez had been convicted of drunk driving twice before, and was still on probation at the time of the collision.

An SUV flipped over in a DUI crash that left two Cal Trans workers dead and a third injured in 2012. (Credit: KTLA)

An SUV flipped over in a DUI crash that left two Cal Trans workers dead and a third injured in 2012. (Credit: KTLA)

Before he was sentenced, family members of the victims spoke out in the Torrance courtroom.

“Because of you, our lives are damaged and they will never be the same,” Renee Roy, Zamora’s daughter, said through tears. “Because you had no regard for human life.”

Maureen Lopez, the daughter of Ramon Lopez, said that her father was all that she and her family had left after her mom died several years before.

“I hope you dream everyday of the night you took our father and Rick’s life. Not to dwell on it, but to remember every day of your mistake,” she said.

Gomez appeared emotionless throughout his sentencing, and family members said he never once showed any remorse during the trial.

After the family’s emotional statements, the judge asked Gomez if he wanted to say anything.

He simply responded, “No.”

8 comments

  • Kp

    Today justice was finally served for my Uncle Ricky and Ray. For my family, we never truly got to say goodbye, but we now have some type of closure. Yocio has not one ounce of remorse in his soul for the 2 lives he took. May people learn from the poor choice this drunk driver made. Many people have the mentality ” that’ll never happen to me, I won’t get caught.” May yocio serve as the prime example of where that mentality will take you. We, the families, now have to pick up the shattered pieces of our lives and figure out how to put it all back together. Why? Because of his poor choice and pure selfishness. Never in this lifetime did I think this would ever happen to our family.

  • Anon

    I’m tired of hit and runs! My vice principal Chris Prewitt was a victim of one of those! It’s really sad when stuff like this happens.

  • Rene

    It still happens here in Australia but at least you guys hand out a sentence commensurate with the deed! I wish our courts were as tough.

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