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Olivia Culbreath Arrested in Connection to Accident that Killed 6

Zaha Irfan3 years ago

Suspected drunk driver Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested after causing a crash that took the lives of six people on the westbound Pomona freeway in Southern California Sunday.

Reports indicate that Culbreath’s license had been reinstated less than a week before the accident.

Details of the Tragic California Accident

Police arrested the Olivia Culbreath under the suspicion that she was drunk-driving, as well as on charges of felony manslaughter in connection to the wrong-way collision that claimed six lives.

According to the Huffington Post, Culbreath was traveling in the wrong direction along the Pomona freeway (State Route 60) in Diamond Bar, California around 4:50 am when her Chevrolet Camaro collided with a Ford Explorer, which then hit a ford freestyle.

According to Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Fred Corral, the contents of the driver’s car indicate that alcohol was definitely involved. Authorities are currently seeking blood tests to confirm.

Eye-witness accounts have Culbreath traveling in excess of 100 mph in the wrong direction in the westbound lanes of the Pomona freeway leading up to the accident.

6 Victims Killed in California Crash

In total six people are now dead as a result of the accident which California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez described as “100 percent preventable.”

Two of the Ford Explorer’s occupants – Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, and Ester Delgado – were declared dead at the scene, evidently ejected from the vehicle. Two of their family members also riding in the Explorer – Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20 – were pronounced dead at a hospital shortly after.

Two of Culbreath’s passengers – Maya Louise Culbreath, Olivia Culbreath’s 24-year-old sister, and Kristen Melissa Young, 24 – also died at the scene of the accident.

Olivia Culbreath suffered a broken femur and a ruptured bladder; she is listed in stable condition. The driver of the Ford Freestyle, Joel Cortez, 57, was treated for minor injuries.

Culbreath Had a Record of Driving Offenses

Record indicate that Culbreath had had her license suspended on two separate occasions, first in 2010 when Culbreath was 17 for driving under the influence, and again in 2011 for negligence.

Her license had been reinstated less than a week before the fatal collision after being suspended in connection to the 2011 incident.


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