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1 dead, 10 hurt in car-party bus crash in Calif.

Published on NewsOK Modified: May 27, 2013 at 12:11 am •  Published: May 27, 2013
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SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — A car whose driver had been drinking crashed with a party bus on a San Francisco Bay Area highway Sunday, leaving the driver critically injured, his wife dead and nine others hospitalized with minor-to-moderate injuries, authorities said.

A red Honda coupe driven by 43-year-old Raul Padilla appeared to have slammed into the center divider of U.S. 101 before it came to a stop facing oncoming traffic, California Highway Patrol Officer Art Montiel said.

After the Honda stopped, the front end of the party bus, which had 18 people on board, hit the disabled car. Two other cars were also involved in the collision.

"We're still trying to figure out who came into contact with what," Montiel said.

The woman killed was a 36-year-old passenger in the Honda and married to Padilla. Her name has not been released while officials try to contact other family members.

Padilla was hospitalized in critical condition. He was wearing his seatbelt, but his wife was not, according to the CHP.

Padilla and his wife had "consumed alcohol" before the crash, but toxicology tests would have to be conducted to determine if Padilla had been driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, Montiel said.

"If it is determined he was under the influence, he could face felony DUI charges and manslaughter charges," Montiel said.

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