Two were killed and another two injured in a suspected DUI accident that sent an SUV off the 10 Freeway, dropping 100 feet to the ground below early Tuesday morning in Alhambra.
According to the California Highway Patrol, the crash took place at 1 a.m. in the eastbound lanes of the 10 on the way to the northbound 710 Freeway when the driver of a Toyota RAV4 SUV lost control of the vehicle and crashed through a concrete wall.
After crashing through the 3-foot high barrier, the SUV, and its four occupants, a woman and three men all in their 20s, fell as much as 100 feet down onto the westbound 10 transition to the southbound 710.
Two of the male passengers were killed in the fall. The female driver and the other male passenger were taken to a nearby hospital, where they are listed in stable condition with moderate injuries. The woman suffered a broken arm and the man received a number of bruises and contusions.
An initial investigation into the crash has shown that all four occupants were wearing seatbelts at the time of the accident, though high speed and alcohol are likely factors.
Though the investigation is still ongoing, it appears that the SUV was attempting to navigate the curved transition between the freeways at too high a speed, sending it into the wall and down to the road below.
Officers who responded to the accident reported “objective symptoms” of alcohol intoxication on the driver. Included in her treatment at the hospital will be a blood test, and if found to be over the legal limit, she will likely face criminal charges of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
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