It is a scenario that is both terrifying and yet sadly common: Lives loss due to the decision of at least one person to drive while under the influence of alcohol or drugs.
At about 4:40 am on Sunday morning, 21-year-old Olivia Carolee Culbreath was headed east in her red Chevrolet Camaro along westbound 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California. Culbreath was driving in the wrong lane, headed directly into oncoming traffic. Witnesses would later tell law enforcement that she had been speeding, driving upwards of 100 mph.
Her Camaro collided head-on with a red Ford Explorer. A Ford Freestyle is then reported by the Star Tribune to have colided with the Explorer.
According to police, six people have since been pronounced dead as a result of the horrific crash. Four of those individuals were pronounced dead at the scene; two of the victims died after being taken to an area hospital.
The identities of the victims have not yet been released. Police are withholding the information until the family of each victim has been notified.
— K A T Y (@katy_thegreat) February 10, 2014
Wrong way 21 year old drunk driver kills 6 in crash. DON'T drink and drive. Take a DAMN CAB. It cost one less... http://t.co/ZsGLpYmXVV
— Lisa Renee Jones (@LisaReneeJones) February 10, 2014
The Los Angeles Times did learn that among the victims there was a 24-year-old woman from Chino and 24-year-old woman from Rialto. The sole male victim was 47 and believed to have been a passenger in the Explorer.
Culbreath survived the crash but sustained a broken femur and a ruptured bladder. She was treated at Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center where she was questioned by authorities regarding her role in the incident.
Rodrigo Jimenez, spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol, says that Culbreath has since been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter.
Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's office said that based on what was found in the suspect's vehicle, they do believe that alcohol was involved. Law enforcement is attempting to get a blood test to confirm the possibility.
It was a tragic scene that Jimenez called, "100% preventable". It is also another unfortunate and harrowing reminder of the pain and suffering caused by the decision to drink and drive.
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