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Woman Drives Wrong Way on Two Freeways before Killing 6 People

The Los Angeles Times reports that police received at least 17 reports of a woman driving the wrong way on two California freeways before she collided into a car and killed six people. The accident occurred early morning on February 9th in Diamond Bar, CA.

Details of the Fatal California Accident

  • Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, drove the wrong way on Freeways 57 and 60 at a speed seeming to be over 100 mph, according to eye witnesses who called 911 to report it.
  • Three vehicles were involved in the car crash.
  • Culbreath was driving a red Chevrolet Camaro and collided into a Ford Explorer.
  • The Ford Explorer had four passengers, including the driver, and all four died in the accident.
  • The two passengers in Culbreath’s car, her sister and friend, died in the accident as well.
  • Culbreath and the driver of the third car survived.
  • While police reocrds indicted that their was evidence that Culbreath was intoxicated, no DUI charges have been filed according to a spokeswoman for the district attorney’s office.
  • Culbreath has been charged with 6 murder counts.
  • The case is still being investigated.

Culbreath is currently in the hospital jail wing at L.A. County-USC Medical Center and is being held on a bail of $6 million. Four years ago, she was convicted for drunk driving and has had at least two other traffic violations.

The Los Angeles District Attorney’s office is seeking additional evidence along with the 911 callers’ testaments. Culbreath could serve life in prison if she is convicted of her charges.

2012 Drunk Driving Statistics

  • According to the Nation Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 10,322 people were killed in drunk driving crashes in 2012. This means that a person died from drunk drivng every 51 minutes.
  • The number of deaths attributed to drunk driving rose by 4.6 percent in 2012 and accounted for roughly 31 percent of all traffic fatalities recorded in the U.S.
  • 239 of those killed in drunk driving accidents in 2012 were children under the age of 14.

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