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Alleged wrong-way driver faces six murder counts

LOS ANGELES (AP) - A woman whom police say drove the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, sparking a deadly head-on crash that killed her sister and five others, was charged Thursday with six counts of murder, Los Angeles County prosecutors said.

Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Culbreath's bail was set at $6 million. but she remained hospitalized with a broken femur and ruptured bladder suffered in Sunday's crash east of Los Angeles.

It was unclear when Culbreath would be able to appear in court. District attorney's spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani said she did not immediately know whether Culbreath had obtained an attorney.

Witnesses said Culbreath's car may have been traveling at up to 100 mph eastbound in the westbound lanes of State Route 60 in Diamond Bar when it collided head-on with a Ford Explorer, hurling wreckage and bodies onto the freeway. The Explorer was then hit by a Ford Freestyle.

Two people in the Explorer - Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, and Ester Delgado, 80 - died at the scene, county coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said. Two others - Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20 - were declared dead at a hospital. All four were from the same Huntington Park family.
Drunk Driver Charged With 6 Counts Of Murder

Culbreath's sister, Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto, and another Camaro passenger, Kristin Melissa Young, 24, of Chino, died at the scene, Corral said.

The Ford Freestyle's driver, Joel Cortez, 57, of La Puente, was treated for minor injuries.

Police have said they found an alcoholic beverage at the crash scene, but prosecutors didn't file charges of driving under the influence of alcohol. However, the investigation continued and additional charges could be filed, Ardalani said.

Culbreath, the mother of a newborn boy, had a 2010 conviction for driving under the influence of alcohol stemming from a 2009 incident when she was 17. Her license was pulled, but it was reinstated in 2011, according to Department of Motor Vehicle records.

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jnhmllc February 13 2014 at 8:40 PM


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dollibug February 13 2014 at 8:20 PM

After seeing the vehicle, I am shocked anyone survived. What a very sad story. Thoughts and prayers go out to the families of those who were killed.

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Julia February 14 2014 at 2:46 AM

I hope she gets life without parole.

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wtolsma Julia February 14 2014 at 2:55 AM

Well, her sister died, somehow I think that alone is a life sentence.

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onekrazdphish February 14 2014 at 3:10 AM

Lost of life is costly enough; my thoughts are with those affected by this tragic event. Sadly, the cost to CA citizens will be spent both for the prosecution and defense in this case. And, likely an appeal will follow the guilty verdict.

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tallywg February 14 2014 at 4:41 AM

Hard to imagine how a piece of fertilizer like her could afford anything to drive, because she has to be an irresponsible moron! They need to keep her locked up forever just because she's a obvious threat to the safety of others - the fact she has a prior incident tells me she'll drive again whether she has a license or not!

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kng20 tallywg February 14 2014 at 5:45 AM

That seems to be the case. It don't matter taking the licence away. Most of people like her drive without one and usually drink again too. Another article the a couple of days ago stated she had 6 prior DUI's. This was not mentiouned her. I wonder if that is true now and if so it even makes this case worse then ever.

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mbenally4spar February 13 2014 at 8:15 PM

I thinks its a no win situation...you kill her...and what good does it do? She doesn't care nor suffer she's gone. Lock her up and we all pay to keep a murderer alive. Seems to me there ought to be someway to make her suffer for the rest of her natural life rather than a bed, 3 squares and medical attention for killing someone..sounds like a pretty good deal for her. It's her baby I feel happy for because that child will be raised by someone responsible.

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joeypad February 14 2014 at 6:17 AM

give the btch the max..let her suffer in jail for the rest of her life..no parole

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Angbii@aol.com joeypad February 14 2014 at 6:31 AM

Why isn't the sauce that was good for the gander good enough for the geese? Or are only rich white people who commit vehicular homicide allowed to go free? Mind, she should serve time for what she's done, but so should he!

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kmcc895370 Angbii@aol.com February 14 2014 at 6:56 AM

I couldn't agree more!

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tobytina0011 Angbii@aol.com February 14 2014 at 7:54 AM


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missfrilly February 14 2014 at 6:25 AM

what I do not understand is another young guy killed a bunch of people doing the same thing and his parents were rich so he got off by claiming influenza.meaning he didnt know better cause his parents gave him everything.never one day in jail.his friend was also paralyzied,.I feel so sorry for all the innocent victms....

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jrb359 missfrilly February 14 2014 at 6:53 AM

Both should be going to jail for life!

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bbh907 February 14 2014 at 6:45 AM

Of course it has to be pointed out that she's a mother of a new born. Is that supposed to make us all feel sorry for her?I think I read that the baby was only a couple of weeks old,yet she needed a "girls night out"! Maybe she should have thought about her baby a little bit more before she decided to get behind the wheel of her car after drinking! Condolences to the families of all of her victims.

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kmcc895370 bbh907 February 14 2014 at 6:54 AM

Pul-eeez! She had to get busy working on having the next child! Being a career breeder is hard work but very rewarding!

Scary thing is this might actually be the case!

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tobytina0011 kmcc895370 February 14 2014 at 7:48 AM

i think u are right!!! Got to get that money rollen in from the gov

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Anne Boleyns Crown bbh907 February 14 2014 at 7:23 AM

I don't think it's tacky to mention that. But it doesn't make me feel the least bit sorry for her. It makes me feel sorry for her child.

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bpalopinto Anne Boleyns Crown February 14 2014 at 7:51 AM


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kevin February 14 2014 at 6:55 AM

Lets just start making cars with a device that detects alcohol consumption over the legal limit. We only read and hear about people who get caught .How many of us have gotten away with drinking and driving, including myself. It is a terrible pain for everyone involved Further more this "rich kid" who gets probation is what is wrong with the system If you get caught D&D you should be required to attend therapy for at least 5 years.

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