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Evidence against accused DUI driver in deadly crash

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - On Thursday, a judge ordered a 22-year-old Shane Gerald McDonald to stand trial for a wrong-way crash that killed two people. 

McDonald faces DUI and gross vehicular manslaughter charges. 

Prosecutors said McDonald hit a car with a family of five inside head on, on Interstate-15 near Scripps Ranch in May. 

McDonald attended a party, went to a fast food restaurant, and then ended up on the I-15 going the wrong way, according to a California Highway Patrol officer.

The vehicles collided at freeway speeds.

"I heard my dad scream there was a driver headed in the opposite direction. Before I could even open my eyes, we go hit. Everything became completely silent after the crash," said Julio-Adrian De La Torre. 

Carolina and her brother, Julio-Adrian, survived the horrific collision. They were in the backseat of the gold Honda. Their mom had been sitting between them. 

"I just remember a loud noise, and we were in the car. When I looked to my left, my mom wasn't there anymore. She was on the ground," she said. 

When the black Audi slammed into the Honda head-on, 55-year-old Rodolfo De La Torre and Teresa Esparza Hernandez, 84, were killed. 

"Immediately my dad and grandma did not respond. My mom, I could hear her moaning in pain," said Julio-Adrian. 

The family had been traveling to a wedding in Mexico. 

According to CHP, they received two phone calls. One about a wrong way driver. The second call was about the collision. 

According to investigators, McDonald was under the influence when he hit the family. A CHP officer testified the 22-year-old initially claimed he was the victim. 

"After he had told me he had stopped against the right curb, and was in the drivers seat trying to call Uber, that all of a sudden a car just hit him," said a CHP officer. 

The De La Torre family had to be cut from their vehicle. Carolina and her brother suffered numerous injuries. 

"I had a broken clavicle. I had a hematoma, had second degree burn," said Carolina. 

Her brother broke his leg and damaged some of his vertebrate. 

Both spent a week in the hospital, and are still dealing with both the physical drama, as well as the emotional. 

McDonald's trial is scheduled to begin in April. He faces a maximum of 16-years behind bars if convicted. 

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