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California Briefing / Whittier

Driver of stalled car dies in crash

July 19, 2009|Molly Hennessy-Fiske

A 26-year-old Fontana woman died early Saturday after an allegedly drunk driver struck her car, which had stalled on the 605 Freeway near Waddell Street, authorities said.

The woman, whose name had not been released, was driving north with two passengers in her 2000 Honda Civic when she struck a guard rail on the right shoulder and stalled about 2:25 a.m., according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman had just switched places with a passenger in the back seat when her car was struck from behind by a 1991 Toyota Previa, according to CHP reports.

The woman died at Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier. Her two passengers, both 26-year-old women, suffered mild and moderate injuries and were taken to another hospital, the CHP reported.

The driver of the Previa, Criselda Valderrama, 20, of Baldwin Park, was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated and taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries, reports said. She was being held on $25,000 bail.

-- Molly Hennessy-Fiske

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