DIAMOND BAR — (CNS) - Authorities on Monday released the names of the six people who were killed in a head-on collision on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Diamond bar that was was caused by a wrong-way driver, who remained hospitalized.
Olivia Culbreath, 21, of Fontana was arrested on suspicion of felony drunken driving and felony manslaughter following the Sunday morning crash, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy.
Culbreath was listed in serious condition at Los Angeles County+USC Medical Center with a fractured femur and ruptured bladder, Cassidy said. The crash occurred on the westbound Pomona Freeway north of Diamond Bar Boulevard at 4:50 a.m. Sunday.
According to the CHP, Culbreath was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro east in the westbound lanes when it collided head-on with a westbound 1998 Ford Explorer. A 2006 Ford Freestyle then hit the Explorer.
Coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter identified the dead as Kristin Young, 21, of Chino; Maya Culbreath, 24, of Rialto; and four people from Huntington Park: Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; Jessica Mejia, 20; and Esther Delgado, an adult whose age was not immediately known.
Winter said the coroner’s office could not confirm which victims were in which vehicle. According to the CHP, the dead included two women who were in the Camaro and four people who were in the Explorer.
The Ford Freestyle was driven by Joel Cortez, 57, of La Puente, who was transported to UC Irvine Medical Center after complaining of pain.
“We’re actually really blessed to the fact that we still have him,” Cortez’s son, Jonathan, told ABC7. “We know that six people have been killed from this and we send our condolences to the families and friends of the victims.”
The crash shut down both sides of the freeway to allow a rescue helicopter to land, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. The eastbound lanes were then reopened, but westbound lanes remained closed until about 1:15 p.m. Sunday to allow for the crash investigation and clean-up, he said.
Witnesses to the crash were urged to contact the CHP at (626) 338-1164.