Lompoc man pleads not guilty to manslaughter charges in OHV death of 1-year-old child

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Aug. 16—A Lompoc man on Monday pleaded not guilty to DUI manslaughter charges in connection to the death of a 1-year-old child following an off-highway vehicle collision on West Chestnut Street last week.

Josue Alvarado-Velasquez, 24, entered his plea in response to three felonies that include gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, willful cruelty to a child, and driving under the influence of alcohol, causing injury or death,

In addition, Alvarado-Velasquez denied three enhancements, including great bodily injury to a child, according to Deputy District Attorney Stephanie Schoenburg.

Alvarado-Velasquez is scheduled to appear in Department 1 of Lompoc Superior Court on Aug. 24 for a bail hearing and a preliminary hearing setting. His bail was set at $150,000.

The collision occurred around 6:15 p.m. Thursday in the 1400 block of West Chestnut Street, where the child was ejected from the vehicle and later died at a hospital, according to Lompoc Police Sgt. Sergio Arias.

Booking records show Alvarado-Velasquez was arrested at Marian Regional Medical Center in Santa Maria shortly before 3 a.m. Friday.

The collision remains under investigation by Lompoc Police. Anyone who witnessed the collision or has access to a video of the event is asked to contact Officer Nolan Jones at 805-736-2341.

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