Norwalk man charged with murder for fatal DUI crash

NORWALK -- A Norwalk man was charged today with killing two people and injuring others in a DUI crash on the 605 Freeway.
 
Alex Barragan (dob 8/27/86) faces two counts of murder and one count each of driving under the influence of alcohol within 10 years of another DUI offense and driving with a .08 percent blood alcohol content causing injury within 10 years of another DUI offense.
 
Arraignment was scheduled for Wednesday at Los Angeles County Superior Court, Bellflower Branch.
 
On July 16, Barragan was allegedly driving his car on the freeway near Alondra Boulevard when he rear ended a disabled van, prosecutors said. The van erupted in flames and two people died and three others were injured, prosecutors added.
 
If convicted as charged, Barragan faces a possible maximum sentence of 44 years to life in state prison.
 
Bail is scheduled at more than $2.19 million.
 
The case remains under investigation by the California Highway Patrol, Santa Fe Springs Area.