California DUI suspect pleads not guilty in deaths

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Posted: Sep 11, 2014 2:12 PM

TURLOCK, Calif. (AP) — Prosecutors say a California man had a blood-alcohol level over twice the legal limit when he hit and killed three members of a family with his car.

Stanislaus County Assistant District Attorney Carol Shipley said 28-year-old Luis Miguel Cruz pleaded not guilty Wednesday to three counts of murder, three counts of vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, and fatal hit-and-run.

Shipley says her office isn't releasing further details on Cruz's blood-alcohol content. The legal limit in California is .08 percent.

Superior Court Judge Nan Cohan Jacobs set bail at $4.5 million.

Turlock police say Cruz was speeding on Saturday when he hit 20-year-old Julia Flores, her 4-year-old son, Brian, and her 47-year-old mother-in-law, Elena Flores.

Julia Flores' 2-year-old daughter was walking with the family but wasn't injured.