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Pomona Freeway Crash: Six Die in Multi-Car Accident

Monday, 10 Feb 2014 01:22 PM

By Michael Mullins

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A Pomona freeway crash east of Los Angeles early Sunday morning left six people dead and one driver hospitalized. She was subsequently charged with driving under the influence and manslaughter.

Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, Calif., was arrested on Sunday while she remained in the hospital with a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, according to police.

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Witnesses say Culbreath had been driving 100 mph in the wrong direction down the 60 Freeway at 4:40 a.m. when her 2013 Chevrolet Camaro collided head-on with a Ford Explorer, The Los Angeles Times reported.

In an interview with the San Gabriel Valley Tribune
, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said evidence collected from the scene included alcohol.

"There was alcoholic beverage evidence," Jimenez said. "We’re treating this as a crime scene."

"It’s a horrific accident. Our hearts go out the family members and friends of the victims," Jimenez added.

Four people were pronounced dead at the scene, while three others, including the driver, were air-lifted to area hospitals. Two of the badly injured victims succumbed to their injuries at the UC Irvine Medical Center, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner’s officials said, according to the Tribune.

The identities of the deceased were not released by authorities, who were still in the process of informing the victims' families. Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County coroner's office said that two of the victims, both 24-year-old females, were passengers in Culbreath's car.

A family member told KCAL-TV one of the victims was Culbreath's sister.

Among the remaining three victims, one was a 47-year-old man who was a passenger of the Ford Explorer and had been ejected from the vehicle upon impact.

In addition to the collision between the Camaro and Explorer, Culbreath's car also hit third vehicle, a 2006 Ford Freestyle. The driver of the third vehicle, 57-year-old Joel Cortez, survived with minor injuries.

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