A motorist who had faced a murder charge in a crash that killed an 81-year-old man has pleaded no contest to charges including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, according to court records. 

Lorenzo Alonzo, 31, was driving on a license that had been suspended due to a prior DUI when he crashed into a car driven by Melvin McLaughlin, killing him.

The murder charge was dismissed under Wednesday's plea agreement, in which Alonzo also pleaded no contest to DUI causing bodily injury. Sentencing is set for Dec. 18. 

Both Alonzo and passenger Ashley Patlan, 30 at the time, were injured in the crash.

Alonzo was headed west on 7th Standard Road at 10:20 a.m. Aug. 2, 2016, when he hit McLaughlin's car at the intersection with Golden State Avenue, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Alonzo has two prior DUI convictions, one in 2010, the other in 2011, court records show. In 2012, he pleaded no contest to driving at an unsafe speed and while his license was suspended for DUI.

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