A drunk driver will be arraigned on Monday in the death of a passenger in a car that he crashed into. The Buena Park woman, who was the passenger in the car, died when he drove the wrong way on the freeway and crashed, according to prosecutors.
The 23-year-old, Ruben Gurrola of Pomona, is charged with murder and driving under the influence and causing bodily harm with a blood-alcohol content level of more than .08 percent.
He faces up to 19 years in prison if convicted.
The accident occurred on January 28 when Gurrola traveled to a friend’s house in Newport Beach in a cab after drinking for several hours at a bar. He left the house in a Honda sedan with his girlfriend in the passenger seat at 1:40 a.m.
He then drove the wrong way on the 241 freeway and traveled north in the southbound lanes. He then merged onto the 91 freeway and drove east in the westbound lanes until he crashed head-on into a Toyota.
The two passengers in the Toyota were taken to the hospital. One later died of his injuries sustained in the accident.
Gurrola and his girlfriend both sustained injuries in the crash and were taken to the hospital. He was arrested after his release from the medical center.
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