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Three people were fatally injured Monday when a 21-year-old woman allegedly driving under the influence crashed her car alongside Interstate 215 in Murrieta, triggering a fire that consumed the vehicle.

Alexia Rodriguez, 21, of El Cajon allegedly caused the deadly wreck about 4 a.m. on the southbound I-215 connector to southbound Interstate 15, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Officer Mike Lassig said Rodriguez was at the wheel of 2008 Dodge Charger traveling at an unknown speed in moderate rain when she “lost control … causing the Dodge to travel off of the west roadway edge.”

“The Dodge collided with a metal pole (and) became engulfed in flames,” Lassig said. “Two unidentified passengers, one male and one female, who were not wearing seatbelts, were ejected from the vehicle.”

Both were pronounced dead at the scene a short time later by Murrieta Fire & Rescue personnel, who knocked down the blaze within 10 minutes.

Lassig said that Rodriguez managed to extricate herself before the fire spread throughout the car. However, the last of her three passengers, identified only as a 15-year-old El Cajon girl, died inside the Dodge.

Rodriguez suffered serious burns and was initially taken to Inland Valley Medical Center in Wildomar for treatment, but later airlifted to Arrowhead Regional Burn Center for acute care.

The CHP spokesman alleged that she was confirmed to be inebriated, and the agency will seek multiple charges of felony gross vehicular manslaughter and felony DUI against her.

The suspect is technically under arrest and in custody, even though she is hospitalized.

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