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|April 26, 2019|
Prison ordered for DUI driver in 6-fatal freeway crash
LOS ANGELES - A 26-year-old Fontana woman was sentenced Wednesday to 30 years to life in prison for a 2014 drunk-driving crash in Diamond Bar that killed six people, including her sister, the Los Angeles Times reported.
Appearing in a downtown 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. Among those killed was Maya Culbreath, who is Culbreath’s sister.
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 roughly one week before the Diamond Bar wreck.
Story Date: December 9, 2018