As authorities began to piece investigate the terrible crash, they discovered that Olivia Carolee Culbreath, the driver responsible for the crash, was convicted for DUI when she 17 in San Bernardino County, and had he license restrictions lifted last week, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Culbreath, 21, was driving her red Camaro the wrong way on the 60 Freeway around 4:40 a.m. when she barreled head-on at 100 mph into a Ford Explorer carrying four members of one family. The impact of the crash
Two of Culbreath’s passengers, her older sister Maya Culbreath, 24, and friend Kristin Young, 21, were killed instantly. Olivia Culbreath survived the crash but suffered a broken femur and a ruptured bladder and is still in the hospital.
Also killed were the four occupants of the Explorer. They have been identified as 47-year-old Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 42-year-old Leticia Ibarra, 20-year-old Jessica Jasmine Mejia, and 82 year-old Esther Delgado.
Another motorist, Joel Cortez, 57, was on his way to work and was trailing the Explorer when the accident occurred. He told the Los Angeles Times that he suddenly saw a red vehicle fly into the air and he swerved to avoid a collision. His passenger side was struck by something large, his airbag deployed and his car was pushed against the concrete divider wall.
One of Cortez’s family members who spoke to the media said he heard someone say “There are bodies all over.”
Prior to the accident authorities began receiving calls about a re Camaro driving north in southbound lanes of the 57 Freeway at a high rate of speed. Calls kept coming in, but this time the driver was traveling east in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, KTLA reported.
Authorities had to close the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway for several hours as they worked what they consider to be a crime scene.
Once she is released from the hospital, Olivia Culbreath will be arrested; she has been charged with DUI causing great bodily harm and manslaughter, which carries a maximum penalty of 20 years in jail.
KTLA reported that Maya Culbreath, Olivia’s sister who was killed in the crash, also had a previous DUI conviction.
After her 2010 DUI conviction, Olivia Culbreath lost her license, which was reinstated in December of 2011. She had other traffic violations after her DUI, and was driving with restrictions on her license, which were lifted last week.
Cortez said at first he felt bad for Olivia Culbreath, but after learning she had previous DUI now believes she should pay for her actions.
Everyone deserves their day in court and that is true for Culbreath, who will need an accomplished DUI attorney to help her build a solid defense for the very serious charges she is facing.