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Coroner: 4 members of family killed in crash

Published on NewsOK Modified: February 10, 2014 at 8:54 pm •  Published: February 10, 2014
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DIAMOND BAR, Calif. (AP) — The mother of a newborn was hospitalized Monday and facing possible manslaughter charges after authorities say she drunkenly drove the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, slamming into another car and killing six people, including her own sister.

Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, was listed in stable condition, said Rosa Saca, spokeswoman at Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center.

Culbreath received a broken femur and a ruptured bladder in the early Sunday morning crash on State Route 60 in Diamond Bar, a bedroom community 35 miles east of downtown Los Angeles.

She was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter after being pulled from the mangled Camaro, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.

An alcoholic beverage was found at the scene, authorities said.

Witnesses said the Camaro may have been traveling at up to 100 mph eastbound in westbound lanes when it collided head-on with a Ford Explorer, hurling wreckage and bodies onto the freeway.

A Ford Freestyle then hit the Explorer. The driver, Joel Cortez, 57, of La Puente, was treated for minor injuries.

Two people in the Explorer — Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, and Ester Delgado — died at the scene, county coroner's Lt. Fred Corral said. 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. Delgado's age was not available.

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