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Wrong-way car accident in Los Angeles kills 6

A horrible, catastrophic car accident on the 60 Freeway in Los Angeles cost the lives of six people on Feb. 9. Authorities say that one of the drivers was going up to 100 miles per hour on the wrong side of the highway. She is also suspected of being intoxicated.

One of the survivors to this terrible wreck told his story to the Los Angeles Times. He was on his way to work around 4:40 a.m., heading west on the 60, when, he says, he saw a vehicle go airborne in front of him.

A car driven by the suspect had crashed head-on into an SUV with four members of the same family. It is not clear which vehicle the man saw go into the air.

Suddenly, the man said, something crashed into his vehicle’s right side. It was the SUV. Somehow, he survived with nothing more than a headache, and bumps and bruises.

The family in the SUV was less fortunate. All four people inside died. They ranged in age from 47 to 80. In addition, two people inside the suspect’s car were also killed. They were her sister and a friend.

The suspect was convicted of DUI four years ago, when she was 17. She had restrictions put on her driver’s license, which were lifted within a week of this Feb. 9 car accident. The evidence that she was driving drunk this time was not mentioned. However, wrong-way car accidents are frequently caused by a drunk driver who enters the highway through an exit, due to impaired judgment and awareness.

Source: Los Angeles Times, “Driver suspected of causing fatal crash had previous DUI conviction,” Hailey Branson-Potts, Joseph Serna and Ruben Vives, Feb. 10, 2014

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