Driver sen­tenced for wrong-way DUI crash that killed six

Fon­tana woman, 26, is given 30 years to life in prison for the 2014 Di­a­mond Bar wreck.

Los Angeles Times - - CITY & STATE - By James Queally

A 26-year-old Fon­tana woman was sen­tenced Wed­nes­day to 30 years to life in prison for a 2014 drunk­driv­ing crash in Di­a­mond Bar that killed six peo­ple, in­clud­ing her sis­ter, au­thor­i­ties said.

Ap­pear­ing in a down­town Los An­ge­les court­room, Olivia Cul­breath cried as loved ones of those who were killed in the crash de­liv­ered vic­tim im­pact state­ments as part of her sen­tenc­ing hear­ing.

Cul­breath pleaded no con­test to six counts of sec­ond-de­gree mur­der in May, charges stem­ming from the wrong-way car wreck on the 60 Free­way in Di­a­mond Bar four years ago.

Wit­nesses said at the time that Cul­breath’s red Ca­maro was speed­ing at 100 mph be­fore it slammed into a red Ford Ex­plorer, which then smashed into a third car.

Sev­eral peo­ple were ejected from the ve­hi­cles, and only Cul­breath and Joel Cortez, the driver of a silver Ford Freestyle, sur­vived the crash.

Those killed in the wreck were: Gre­go­rio Me­jia-Martinez, 47; Leti­cia Ibarra, 42; Jes­sica Jas­mine Me­jia, 20; Ester Del­gado, whose age was un­known; Maya Cul­breath, 24; and Kristin Melissa Young, 21. Maya Cul­breath, who was Cul­breath’s sis­ter, and Young were in Cul­breath’s car, of­fi­cials said in 2014.

In an in­ter­view with The Times af­ter the crash, Cortez said he left his On­tario home shortly be­fore 4:30 a.m. and was trav­el­ing west on the 60 Free­way to work. About 10 min­utes later, he saw the red Ca­maro fly through the air, and he tried to swerve.

Some­thing jammed into the pas­sen­ger side of his car, and he felt his airbag push into him. Then his car slammed into the cen­ter free­way di­vider. He looked out­side and saw some­thing in the road, then he heard a scream.

“There are bod­ies over,” some­one said.

In 2010, four years be­fore the fa­tal crash, Cul­breath was con­victed of drunk driving in San Bernardino County, ac­cord­ing to the state De­part­ment of Mo­tor Ve­hi­cles.

The re­stric­tions on her li­cense were lifted about one week be­fore the 2014 wreck. all

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