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Woman Charged With Murder in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 6

A vigil was held Wednesday evening in honor of six people killed in a wrong-way crash by a driver suspected of being under the influence



    Woman Charged With Murder in Wrong-Way Crash That Killed 6
    Officials investigate the scene of a multiple vehicle accident where 6 people were killed on the westbound Pomona Freeway in Diamond Bar, Calif. on Sunday morning, Feb. 9, 2013. Authorities say a wrong-way driver caused the predawn crash that left six people dead. (AP Photo/San Gabriel Valley Tribune,Watchara Phomicinda)

    A woman suspected of driving drunk in a wrong-way crash that killed six people on a Southern California freeway was charged with murder, the Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office said on Thursday.

    Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 21, has been charged with six counts of murder, officials said. She was scheduled to be arraigned but was in the jail ward at a hospital recovering from injuries she suffered from the crash. Bail has been set at $6 million.

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    As vigil is held for the family of four killed in a wrong-way DUI crash in Diamond Bar, relatives mourn the loss as a memorial fund is started to help them recover. Beverly White reports for the NBC4 News at 11:30 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 12, 2014.
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    If convicted, she could face life in prison, prosecutors said.

    Culbreath is accused of driving a red Chevrolet Camaro head-on into a Ford Explorer at more than 100 mph Sunday morning, investigators said. She was heading east on the westbound side of the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, officials said.

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    The announcement of the charges comes after two candlelight vigils were held Wednesday night in memory of the six people who were killed in the crash on the Pomona (60) Freeway.

    Among those killed were four family members driving home from a trip to San Manuel Casino.

    Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; his wife Leticia Ibarra, 42; his daughter Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; and his 85-year-old mother Ester Delgado, all of Huntington Park, died in the crash. They were remembered at a prayer vigil on Wednesday in East Los Angeles.

    Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of Chino and Culbreath's sister, Maya Louise Culbreath, 24 of Rialto, were passengers in Culbreath's car and were also killed in the crash.

    Culbreath was injured in the crash and was hospitalized.

    In 2009, when Olivia Culbreath was 16 years old, she was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, according to the California DMV. She was convicted in the case in April 2010 and her license was revoked.

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    (Published Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014)

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