Update: Coroner names victims in wrong-way crash, including 4 members of a family

A California Highway Patrol cruiser.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Kevork Djansezian/Getty Images

A young woman suspected of driving drunk went the wrong way on the 60 Freeway over the weekend, reportedly reaching speeds up to 100 mph before slamming into a Ford Explorer and causing a wreck that killed six people. Olivia Culbreath, 21, was in stable condition Monday morning. Police have identified all of the victims, including four members of a family. They are seeking witnesses to the accident. Culbreath was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter.

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10:17 a.m.: Coroner names victims of wrong-way crash, including 4 members of a family

Four members of a family were killed in a wrong-way freeway crash in California that also took the lives of two other people, including the sister of a woman arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter, authorities said Monday.

Two people in a Ford Explorer — Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47, and Ester Delgado — died at the scene of Sunday's early morning crash on State Route 60, said Los Angeles County coroner's Lt. Fred Corral. Two other family members in the SUV — Leticia Ibarra, 42, and Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20 — were declared dead at a hospital. All four were from Huntington Park.

Two additional victims were passengers in a Chevy Camaro that authorities said was driven by 21-year-old suspect Olivia Culbreath of Fontana. Her sister, Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto and Kristin Melissa Young, 24, of Chino were declared dead at the scene, Corral said.

Olivia Culbreath remained hospitalized in serious condition and investigators were seeking witnesses after the speeding Camaro careened the wrong way down the freeway, causing the violent crash.

She was arrested after being pulled from the badly mangled Camaro, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. She was being treated for a broken femur and a ruptured bladder, officials said.

Jimenez said the crash scene in Diamond Bar, a suburb east of Los Angeles, was horrific. Three people were ejected from their cars and the Camaro was barely recognizable.

Authorities said Culbreath was traveling north in the southbound lanes of State Route 57 before transitioning east in the westbound lanes where the Camaro collided head-on with the Ford Explorer. A Ford Freestyle then collided with the Explorer.

Witnesses told dispatchers the Camaro was speeding up to 100 mph, Jimenez said.

Jimenez told the San Gabriel Valley Tribune evidence collected from the scene included alcohol.

The driver of the Ford Freestyle suffered minor injuries.

— Associated Press

9:51 a.m.: Driver's condition upgraded to stable

The driver who went the wrong way on the 60 Freeway over the weekend and caused a fatal crash is now in stable condition, according to County/USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca.

Olivia Culbreath, 21, was arrested on suspicion of drunken driving and manslaughter after she drove east on the westbound 60 and slammed into another vehicle, killing six people.

Culbreath was still in the intensive care unit Monday morning. Police are seeking witnesses to the crash.

— Ashley Bailey

7:49 a.m.: All 6 victims in wrong-way crash ID'ed; police seek witnesses

All six victims in a wrong-way crash on the 60 Freeway have been identified by next of kin, according to L.A. County Coroner's Lt. Fred Corral.

Olivia Culbreath, 21, was suspected of driving drunk at a speed of more than 100 mph when she collided head-on with a red Ford Explorer over the weekend, killing six people. She was headed east on the westbound lanes of the freeway in Diamond Bar.

A family member came in this morning to identify four victims who had been riding in the Explorer, Corral said. They were related — a 47-year-old man, a 42-year-old woman, a 20-year-old woman and another woman.

"We don't have an age on one. We're waiting for them to call us back. They were very emotional when they met her," Corral said.

Coroner's Lt. Larry Dietz told The Associated Press that five females and one male were killed in the violent crash. Officials were waiting to release their names because relatives have not been notified, the AP reports.

Culbreath was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter after being pulled from a badly mangled Chevy Camaro.

The California Highway Patrol is asking for witnesses to come forward as it investigates, the AP reports.

— Ashley Bailey with AP

6:20 a.m.: Driver ID'ed after 6 die in wrong-way crash on 60 Freeway

A suspected drunk driver who sped the wrong way on a Southern California freeway, causing a pre-dawn crash that killed six people, has been identified as 21-year-old Olivia Culbreath of Fontana.

The California Highway Patrol says Culbreath was arrested Sunday on suspicion of driving under the influence and manslaughter after being pulled from a badly mangled Chevy Camaro on the 60 Freeway.

CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said the crash scene in this suburb east of Los Angeles was horrific. Three people were ejected from their cars and the Camaro was barely recognizable.

Authorities said Culbreath was traveling north in the southbound lanes of State Route 57 before transitioning east in the westbound lanes of State Route 60, where the collisions began.

Witnesses told dispatchers the Camaro was speeding up to 100 mph.

— Associated Press

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