MADD To Hold Candlelight Vigil for 6 Killed in Wrong-Way Crash

A vigil is planned for 5 p.m. at the Diamond Bar Center, 1600 Grande Ave.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

The Los Angeles Chapter of Mothers Against Drunk Driving will observe a moment of silence tonight during a candlelight vigil in Diamond Bar in memory of six people killed in a suspected drunken driving crash on the Pomona (60) Freeway.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, of Fontana, was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and felony manslaughter after Sunday's 4:50 a.m. crash, according to the California Highway Patrol. Culbreath, who has a previous drunken driving conviction, is being held in lieu of $6 million bail, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

Culbreath was injured in the crash on the westbound Pomona Freeway near Diamond Bar Boulevard in Pomona. She was headed east in westbound lanes at speeds up to about 100 mph in a new Chevrolet Camaro when she crashed head-on into a 1998 Ford Explorer, and a 2006 Ford Freestyle also struck the Explorer, according to the CHP.

The dead in the Camaro were 24-year-old Maya Culbreath, Olivia's sister, and Kristin Young, 21, of Chino, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office. Four people ejected from the Explorer died. They were identified as Huntington Park residents Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; Jessica Mejia, 20; and Esther Delgado, 80.

Olivia Culbreath was convicted of driving under the influence on April 13, 2010, according to Department of Motor Vehicles records. She was stopped for two more violations before her license was reinstated in December 2011, according to the DMV, which lifted restrictions on her license last week.

Charges have not yet been filed in the case.

—City News Service

Vito Spago February 12, 2014 at 08:59 PM
This event could be premature without even knowing the blood alcohol level. Dope, meth, heroin, oxycontin, prescription drugs, anything could have been the cause. Why not wait for the driver's statement before being so quick to blame alcohol? I think MADD is worried about losing relevance these days since so many controlled substances are being considered for legalization. Soon you will be able to add doped up drivers to your worries while on the road.
Nadine Bolotin February 13, 2014 at 02:39 AM
True, could be a combo of things. If the other passengers in her car did not notice she was driving the wrong way, they were drunk or on something as well, they could'nt be sleeping at that speed. The news reports saw evidence of alcohol in the vehicle. But it's an assumption. Sad she won't see her sister or friend killed in the crash or her baby. Her life is over. Even worse for her family.


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