- Associated Press - Thursday, February 19, 2015

SANTA MARIA, Calif. (AP) - A Central California man who was driving a forklift that killed two people, including a 16-year-old boy, has been convicted of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Prosecutors say Daniel Castillo took methamphetamine before driving his 12,000-pound forklift backwards at 30 mph along a Santa Maria road in August of 2013.

The forklift crossed into oncoming traffic and hit a Honda Civic, killing a woman and her teenaged nephew. Two women suffered major injuries.

In addition to manslaughter, a Santa Barbara County jury on Wednesday found Castillo guilty of drunken driving causing injury and reckless driving causing serious bodily injury.

The 38-year-old Santa Maria man could face up to 15 years in prison.


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