Three people have tragically lost their lives following a wrong-way crash near Prunedale, according to local sources. The California Highway Patrol has confirmed the arrest of the driver believed to be responsible for the fatal car accident, which took place in the early morning of May 31. So far, evidence is still being gathered in conjunction with the Monterey County Coroner’s Office. 

According to the accident report, it appears that a 27-year-old woman was traveling the wrong way on San Miguel Road when the accident happened. Her vehicle collided head-on with another vehicle traveling the opposite direction and carrying four women whose ages were not reported. Three of the women in that car were pronounced dead at the scene when medical personnel arrived. 

The fourth woman, as well as the driver of the other vehicle, were seriously injured and rushed to local hospitals. Police believe the 27-year-old may have been under the influence of drugs and/or alcohol, which may have in turn contributed to the crash. She will be remanded to a county jail when she is cleared from the hospital, after which time a criminal trial will likely be scheduled. 

If the woman is found guilty of DUI, she could lose her license and face jail time, considering the fatal car accident claimed three other lives. Even if a criminal conviction is not secured, California law will allow the families of the deceased, as well as the surviving injured party, to file wrongful death and/or personal injury lawsuits against her in civil court. Any evidence police gathered as part of their investigation can be offered in court to support the civil suit.