A suspected woman drunken driver was in custody Saturday after she crashed her vehicle into the center divider of the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in the Monterey Park area, killing her woman passenger.
A 25-year-old Los Angeles woman who was a passenger in the vehicle that crashed into the center divider died at the scene, which occurred about 3:45 a.m. Friday near Garfield Avenue, according to the California Highway Patrol. The woman’s name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives.
Officers went to the location on a report that a 2012 Hyundai had hit the center divider and was disabled in the No. 1 and 2 lanes, the CHP reported.
“Initial reports indicated the possible involvement of a commercial vehicle also, but it was determined the collision involved a solo passenger vehicle only,” the CHP said in a statement.
“Upon arrival of emergency personnel, the right front passenger was unresponsive and the driver was in and out of consciousness,” the statement said. “Upon initial investigation it was determined the vehicle’s airbags successfully deployed. However the passenger was not wearing a safety belt.”
The driver, a 27-year-old Walnut woman, was taken to a hospital for treatment of “major” injuries, the CHP reported.
She was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs and gross vehicular manslaughter, according to the CHP. Her name was not immediately released.
Anyone with more information about the crash was urged to call the CHP East Los Angeles Area office at (323)980-4600.
–City News Service
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