SANTA ANA, CA - Anthony Louis Fragoso, has been charged with killing two people by causing a head-on crash. According to the Orange County District Attorney’s (OCDA)office, Fragoso, 21, South Gate, is charged with two felony counts of vehicular manslaughter by unlawful manner of driving with gross negligence with sentencing enhancements for causing great bodily injury. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of nine years in state prison.
At approximately 12:45 a.m. on Jan. 19, 2011, Fragoso is accused of driving at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction in the carpool lane of California State Route 91 in Anaheim. Numerous witnesses called 911 to report the wrong-way driver.
Fragoso is accused of driving in his Mercedes-Benz sedan into oncoming traffic and crashing head-on into a Toyota Scion, killing the two occupants. Driver Alan Reyes, 25, and passenger Vanessa Cease, 24, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Fragoso was transported to University of California, Irvine Medical Center for major traumatic injuries. He is currently still hospitalized and will be taken into custody upon his discharge. Toxicology reports are pending.
The California Highway Patrol investigated this case.