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One Killed in Crash with UCSC Student Driving Under the Influence

KION News is reporting that the California Highway Patrol has arrested two students from the University of California at Santa Cruz after they were involved in a fatal accident on Highway 1.

Details about the Fatal Accident

According to officers from the California Highway Patrol, the driver of an SUV involved in the accident has been identified as 19-year-old Lynnea Hernandez of Santa Cruz. Hernandez has been arrested for driving under the influence.

Hernandez was among a group of about 7 students who were heading to Big Sur for spring break.19-year-old Sarah Cameron was a passenger in the vehicle at the time of the accident and was arrested for destroying and concealing evidence. Investigators indicated that a witness had called in and said they saw Cameron hiding a bag in a nearby field.

Officials were able to find a bag filled with marijuana and a bag of ecstasy pills due to the tips by witnesses.

The accident involved two vehicles. The vehicle with the students crossed over into the northbound lane and hit an oncoming Mazda. The driver of the Mazda was killed at the time of the accident.

An investigation into the circumstances of the accident is ongoing.

Important Information about Driving Under the Influence

According to Mothers against Drunk Driving, there are thousands of wrongful deaths every year in the United States involving people driving under the influence of drugs:

  • Every year in the United States, there about 4,000 drivers who are killed with drugs in their systems.
  • More than one third of teens mistakenly believe that they driver better under the influence of marijuana.
  • Over half of all drivers that were admitted to a level-1 trauma center for traffic accident had drugs other than alcohol present in their system.

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