A Pomona freeway crash left six people dead on a Southern California highway this morning. Officials investigating the scene of the multiple vehicle accident said six people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif.
According to The Associated Press on Sunday, a drunk driver drove into oncoming traffic and caused the pre-dawn crash. A 21-year-old female driver has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and felony manslaughter in connection with the fatal crash.
The driver, Olivia Carolee Culbreath, was behind the wheel of a red Chevy Camaro and driving east in the westbound lane. She suffered only a broken femur and a ruptured bladder.
Investigators “believe from what they found in the vehicle that alcohol was involved,” Los Angeles County Coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said, adding that authorities are seeking blood tests from the driver. “This tragedy is 100 percent preventable,” he said.
Two of the six who died were ejected out of their vehicles when Culbreath rammed into them. Two more were pronounced dead at the crash and another two died shortly after at the hospital.
“Not only are the parties who are involved affected by this, but the family members of the parties,” said California Highway Patrol spokesman Rodrigo Jimenez. “As an emergency personnel, this is something that we never want to see. We train for this but never actually have to want to use that training.”