Woman who killed six people in DUI wrong-way crash breaks down as she is sentenced to 30 years to life
She was reportedly driving at more than 100mph in her red Chevrolet Camaro down the wrong side of the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California when the crash happened
A 26-year-old drunk driver burst into tears in court as the judge sentenced her to between 30 years and life behind bars for the deaths of six people, including her own sister, when she crashed her vehicle going down the wrong lane. Olivia Carolee Culbreath told the court in California: "I ask God every single day to give comfort to those who are hurt by this. I want people to know I would die a million times over again for any one of you."
According to KTLA, she continued: "I'm going to punish myself for the rest of my life. I was so wrong, and I take full responsibility." Culbreath had been drinking one night in February 2014 and she made the horrible decision of driving that same night. She was reportedly driving at more than 100mph in her red Chevrolet Camaro down the wrong side of the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, California.
Witnesses at the scene said that she crashed into a red Ford Explorer that was carrying a family of four inside. All of them died in the collision and Culbreath's two passengers died as well.
The victims in the Ford were 47-year-old Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, his wife 42-year-old Leticia Ibarra, their 20-year-old daughter Jessica Jasmine Mejia, and their daughter's grandmother 80-year-old Ester Delgado.
The two victims from Culbreath's own car were her older sister Maya Louise Culbreath and their friend Kristin Melissa Young. Both of the girls were 24-years-old at the time of the collision. Another man who was also caught in the crash in his Ford Freestyle, Joel Cortez, survived the crash with minor injuries.
KTLA reported that Culbreath has pleaded no contest to six counts of second-degree murder this year. Even though her blood alcohol level was at .15% three hours after the crash, she was never charged with drunken driving.
The 26-year-old was a teen at that time and between 2010 and 2011 she was convicted of a DUI and even had two citations before the horrifying crash took place. According to NBC Los Angeles, she was given a warning that any future lawbreaking could end up in murder charges after her license was reinstated.