Pas­sen­ger dies in al­leged DUI crash

Antelope Valley Press (Sunday) - - News -

SANTA CLARITA (CNS) — Ex­ces­sive speed might have caused a sus­pected drunk driver to lose con­trol of his sedan Sat­ur­day on the Golden State Free­way in Santa Clarita and skid down a dirt em­bank­ment into some truck lanes, where his front-seat pas­sen­ger died in a rollover crash.

The pas­sen­ger was iden­ti­fied as Tommy Cruz, 22, of Van Nuys, ac­cord­ing to Lt. David Smith of the Los An­ge­les County coro­ner’s of­fice. Cruz died at the crash scene.

The driver was taken to Henry Mayo Ne­whall Hospi­tal for mod­er­ate in­juries and sub­se­quently placed un­der ar­rest, the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol re­ported.

The crash was at 12:50 a.m. just north of the An­te­lope Val­ley Free­way, ac­cord­ing to the Cal­i­for­nia High­way Pa­trol.

The mo­torist was go­ing in ex­cess of 100 mph, pass­ing ve­hi­cles in the cen­ter di­vider, when the ma­roon Toy­ota Camry left the main lanes of the Golden State Free­way and went down the dirt em­bank­ment into to the truck lanes, where it over­turned sev­eral times and came to a rest on its wheels.

The south­bound truck lanes of the 5 Free­way north of the 14 Free­way were closed un­til 3:08 p.m.

The CHP’s Ne­whall-area sta­tion asked any­one who wit­nessed the crash to call the sta­tion at 661-2945540.

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