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OffbeatCalifornia Woman Sentenced to 30 Years for Drunken Driving Crash That Killed Sister, 5 Others

18:20  07 december  2018
18:20  07 december  2018 Source:   insideedition.com

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A California woman wept in court as she was sentenced to 30-year-to-life behind bars for a drunken, wrong-way crash that killed six people including her sister.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath, 26, was given the maximum sentence by Los Angeles Superior Court Judge Lisa Lench on Wednesday. Culbreath had entered a no-contest plea in May to six counts of second-degree murder.

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Judge Lench called it "a tragic case."

Everyone in both vehicles, save Culbreath, was killed in the horrific collision, which catapulted wreckage across several lanes and reduced the SUV and Culbreath's car to disembodied wheels, axles and twisted pieces of metal.

Family members in the Explore spanned three generations. The dead were: Gregoria Mejia-Marinez, 47; Leticia Ibarra, 42; their daughter, Jessica Mejia, 20, and her grandmother Ester Delgado,80.

Dead in the Camaro were Culbreath's sister, Maya, 24, and their friend Kristin Young, 21. Culbreath was seriously injured.

Her blood alcohol, three hours after the crash, registered .15 percent, according to Deputy District Attorney Casey Higgins. That is nearly double the legal driving limit of .08 percent.

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Culbreath also had a prior DUI conviction that involved a one-car accident in which she slammed into a light pole, the prosecutor said.

Her driver's license had been reinstate less than a week before her latest crash, authorities said.

On the witness stand, Culbreath apologized to families of the victims. "I was wrong, I was so wrong and I take full responsibility for anything," she said, adding that she wished to be a good mother to her son, who was 11 days old when she went out drinking with her sister and a friend and later ended the lives of six people.

She will, she said, "punish myself for the rest of my life."

Mary Mejia, who lost her parents, sister and grandmother, described the agonizing hours she spent waiting for word on her family didn't come home after a trip to a casino four years ago.

"I didn't want to forget them," Mejia. "I didn't want to forget anything about them. No one will ever feel the pain I feel."

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