Published on February 14th, 2014 | by Daniel R. Perlman0
Drunk Driver Kills Six People in Head on Collision
Wrong way drunk was driving more than 100 mph
Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana was driving while intoxicated when she drove her 2013 Camaro the wrong way on the westbound 60 Freeway and hit two other vehicles, killing six people. At least one “tall-boy” style beer can was found at the scene, officials said.
Witnesses told investigators Culbreath was driving more than 100 mph when her Camaro collided head-on with a 1998 Ford Explorer, which then hit a 2006 Ford Freestyle.
Six dead and one injured by drunk driver
Killed in the accident were Explorer passengers Gregorio Mejia Martinez, 47, Ester Delgado, who was in her 70s. Leticia Ibarra, 42 and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20. Camaro passengers killed were Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, Kristen Melissa Young, 24.
Driver Joel Cortez, 57, suffered minor injuries when his 2006 Ford Freestyle also collided with the Explorer.
Driver arrested for DUI manslaughter
CHP officers arrested Culbreath on Feb 9, 2014, five days after her license was removed from suspension, on suspicion of driving under the influence causing great bodily injury/death and manslaughter. She was injured in the crash and remains in stable condition at LA/USC Medical Center.
DUI driver had numerous motor vehicle violations
On Feb 4, 2014 Culbreath’s license was reinstated after a four year suspension because of her conduct behind the wheel, including a drunken-driving conviction that happened Sept. 13, 2009 – less than two months before Culbreath’s 17th birthday.
Culbreath’s license was suspended four times between Jan. 31, 2010, and Feb. 4, 2011, according to the DMV. The first suspension was for the DUI conviction; the first three suspensions overlapped each other. Her two most recent suspensions came after being declared a negligent operator, which can happen when a driver amasses four violation points in a span of 12 months, or more points in longer spans.
Culbreath failed to appear in court in November 2013 to answer to charges that she drove while talking on a cell phone without using a hands-free device and missed other court dates.
Maya Culbreath, Olivia’s sister, had three DUI convictions. Her license was suspended at the time of her death.
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