Driver in San Diego Bridge Crash Pleads Not Guilty to DUI, Manslaughter Charges

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A Navy man in bandages and a neck brace pleaded not guilty from his hospital wheelchair Wednesday to charges that he was driving under the influence when his pickup flew off the San Diego-Coronado Bridge and killed four people at Chicano Park.

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The pickup driven by a Navy technician landed at Chicano Park after it flew off a ramp to the San Diego Coronado Bridge, killing four people. (Credit: KTLA)

A Superior Court judge, attorneys, a court reporter, bailiffs and two reporters crowded near Anthony Sepolio in a UC San Diego Medical Center conference room as he was arraigned on four counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and two other DUI-related charges.

Prosecutor Cally Bright said Sepolio had a 0.08 percent blood-alcohol level half an hour after the crash. That is the legal limit for drivers in California.

Sepolio and a friend had taken an Uber ride to a restaurant Saturday, where they had a bottle of wine and cocktails, Bright said. After the pair returned to his friend’s apartment, according to the prosecutor, she urged him not to drive home to Coronado because he’d been drinking.

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