6 Victims Identified In Deadly Wrong-Way Crash On 60 Freeway
The CHP has released the names of the six victims who died in a head-on collision car crash when a driver drove the wrong way on the 60 Freeway.
Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and felony manslaughter on Sunday. The crash happened around 4:50 a.m. when she drove her red 2013 Chevrolet Camero east on the westbound Pomona Freeway in the Diamond Bar area and it struck a red Ford Explorer head-on. A Ford Freestyle was involved in the crash and two people were ejected from the cars, according to the L.A. Times. Four were pronounced dead at the scene and two later died at a local hospital.
Among the victims included Culbreath's
younger sister, 24-year-old Maya Culbreath, according to City News Service and CBS Los Angeles. Chief Coroner's Assistant Ed Winter identified the other victims as 21-year-old Kristin Young of Chino and four people from Huntington Park, Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; Jessica Mejia, 20; and Esther Delgado, an adult whose age has not been identified yet.
The crash left Culbreath with a fractured femur and ruptured bladder and she is listed under serious condition at the Los Angeles County/USC Medical Center.
Authorities are investigating the incident. If you have any information about this crash, contact the CHP at (626) 338-1164.
UPDATE 3:50 p.m.: Olivia Culbreath has had a checkered history with driving, according to DMV records (via the L.A. Times). Just last week, the restrictions on her driver's license were lifted. She was convicted for a DUI back in April 13, 2010 when she was just 17. She had other traffic violations on her record (at least two) before her license was reinstated in Dec. 2011. Witnesses say she was driving as fast as 100 mph that morning.
In addition, Culbreath's sister Maya had multiple DUIs on her record and her license was revoked on May 6, 2013.
One of the survivors of the crash, 57-year-old Joel Cortez suffered minor injuries. His daughter Emma Cortez told the Times about his horrific experience. "He remembers seeing part of an engine that hit him, pushed him against a wall, completely crushing both sides of our car,” she said. “In shock, first thing he does is look around. There’s a freeway, two cars completely destroyed. And there’s bodies on the floor without heads…this is something you would see out of a movie."