Wrong-Way Driver Charged with 6 Counts of Murder

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, is accused of driving the wrong way on the Pomona (60) Freeway and causing a crash that killed six people.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.
A 21-year-old woman accused of driving the wrong way on the Pomona (60) Freeway and causing a head-on collision that killed six people has been charged with six counts of murder.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath is accused of causing the roughly 4:45 a.m. Sunday crash in Diamond Bar. She remains hospitalized, and it's unclear when she will appear in court.

Culbreath, who has a previous drunken driving conviction, is being held in lieu of $6 million bail.

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.

—City News Service contributed to this report.

Vito Spago February 14, 2014 at 10:53 AM
Dan: Thanks for the correction. I thought she always was going to charged with murder and this article just marked that she actually had been charged.
Ray Russell February 14, 2014 at 01:12 PM
Shouldn't someone at DMV be held accountable here too! It sounds like they gave a three time loser back her license to kill! I find it hard to believe that they would give a known habitual drunk back a drivers license. We hold bar tenders and bars responsible, so should we those who knowingly approve of this kind of choice
Vito Spago February 14, 2014 at 03:24 PM
DMV is a government agency. My guess is all you have to do is say you voted for Brown or Obama and you can pretty much do anything you want. I mean don't these folks tell you how to cheat on Obamacare by lying about your income? Or how to cheat on your welfare application or how to cheat on getting registered to vote if you are an illegal?
Shannon February 16, 2014 at 02:36 PM
I believe they should let the family members come to her cell and take turns beating her with a baseball bat. She is a worthless piece of S - - hit
Vito Spago February 16, 2014 at 04:17 PM
Hillary Clinton killed 4 in Benghazi so yes, Cutlbert is worse than Hillary by 2 people. What are you going to do to Hillary?


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