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Coroner: 4 members of family killed in wrong-way crash

DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) - Four members of a family were killed in a wrong-way freeway crash in California that also took the lives of two other people, including the sister of a woman arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter, authorities said Monday.

Two people in a Ford Explorer - Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, and Ester Delgado - died at the scene of Sunday's early morning crash on state Route 60, said Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Fred Corral. Two other family members in the SUV - Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20 - were declared dead at a hospital. All four were from Huntington Park.

Two additional victims were passengers in a Chevy Camaro that authorities said was driven by the suspect, Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana. Her sister, Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto and Kristin Melissa Young, 24, of Chino were declared dead at the scene, Corral said.

Wendell Johnson of Rancho Cucamonga, a friend, told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune (http://bit.ly/1egcAhY ) that Olivia Culbreath recently had a baby and the group had been on a "girls' night out" in Fullerton.

"She just had a baby," Johnson said. "I was supposed to go see her."

Olivia Culbreath remained hospitalized in serious condition and was being treated for a broken femur and a ruptured bladder. She was arrested after being pulled from the badly mangled Camaro, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.

Culbreath had a 2010 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a 2009 incident and her license was pulled but it was reinstated in 2011, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records.

Jimenez said the crash scene in Diamond Bar, a suburb east of Los Angeles, was horrific. Three people were ejected from their cars and the Camaro was barely recognizable.

Authorities said Culbreath was traveling north in the southbound lanes of state Route 57 before transitioning east in the westbound lanes where the Camaro collided head-on with the Ford Explorer. A Ford Freestyle then collided with the Explorer.

Witnesses told dispatchers the Camaro was speeding up to 100 mph, he said.

Evidence gathered at the scene included an alcoholic beverage, Jimenez told the Tribune.

The driver of the Ford Freestyle suffered minor injuries.

The investigation continued Monday. CHP Sgt. Carlo Fusco said he didn't know if Culbreath had a lawyer.

A cellphone number associated with her was disconnected.

Investigators were seeking witnesses to the crash.

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migdalia February 11 2014 at 8:48 AM

She needs to spend the rest of her miserable days in jail. She was drunk and driving the wrong way. That cost the lives of those people. she should have die too so like that she would be spared to cost tax payers money while been in jail.

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cheyennebonney February 10 2014 at 7:54 PM

that is so sad!!

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julietahood February 10 2014 at 8:45 PM

Culbreath doesn't sound like a person's last name that came over the border.

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JOHNNIES ZOO February 10 2014 at 10:34 PM

Why wasn't the dumb a** at home with her babies where she belonged. Girl night out. When my mom had a "girls night out, she took my sisters and my grandmother out to the mall or to a Tupperware party. That's why marriage is such a joke these days. No one has any respect for their family.

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flobrooks JOHNNIES ZOO February 10 2014 at 10:51 PM

She wasn't married. Her whole life was a joke, probably an unemployed drop out too.

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cssidenver February 10 2014 at 10:34 PM

I'm pretty sure the investigators are going to visit the nite club where this driver was enjoying her "girls night out". Rule #1 - don't serve an obviously intoxicated person or face major liability. Rule #2 - don't let a drunk driver drive - don't get into a car with a drunk driver as it is Russian Roulette.

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lakers84 cssidenver February 10 2014 at 11:27 PM

I AGREE...when an establishment sells alcohol..they should be very aware on how drunk a customer gets....at least call them a freakin CAB!! and the GIRLS should have TAKEN a cab to the nightclub if THEY knew they were going to get SLOSHED!! use COMMON SENSE PEOPLE!! R.I.P. to all the deceased including the drunk girls that died also...now the driver will have to live with what she did....KILLING her own sister and friend and those innocent people in the SUV...peace

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lastmimzyalive February 11 2014 at 8:58 AM

Her own sister even? What a piece of..... I think she should get the same punishment that she gave the 6 people who didn't make it. Maybe if drunk drivers knew they would get maimed or killed (whatever they did to anyone else) the same as they did to anyone else that time behind the wheel they would never get behind the wheel again. Sure it was an accident to the extent she didn't mean to kill people, but she took the risk and now they are dead, while she still breathes and fills her face with food. Not to mention no matter the outcome she should immediately lose custody of that baby and be sterilized from having more.

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sjl82kal February 10 2014 at 8:38 PM

How in the world did the driver of the camaro survive?! the car is unrecognizable-amazing. And why does it always seem like the drunk driver survives while everyone else, the innocent victims, die?!?! why?!?!?!

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michael February 10 2014 at 3:58 PM

terrible tragedy....so young ... too young to wind up a statistic...Those are the toughest ages to get past...you always wonder how anybody survived those ages

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jannjanf michael February 10 2014 at 4:02 PM

No, I don't wonder how anyone survived those ages. The answer is that most of us ue common sense and most do not drive drunk. The saddest part of this article is that the drunk driver is the only one who will survive. My sympathy is for those who were hit by the drunk. They are true victims. The passengers in the drunk's car were as much to blame as the drunk driver. They were accessories to manslaughter and were probably as drunk as or drunker than the driver.

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kay February 10 2014 at 10:35 PM

Maybe she can get that lawyer that got the kid off after he killed 4 people driving under the influence! NOT! She killed her own sister, as well as others! Hope she gets a lot of prison time!

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us118 February 10 2014 at 5:28 PM

This is heartbreaking for everyone... RIP....

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