Woman Sentenced for Killing 6 in 2014 Fatal Car Crash on 60 Freeway

A 26-year-old Fontana woman was sentenced today to 30 years to life for killing six people in a wrong-way car crash on the 60 Freeway four years ago, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath (dob 11/3/92) pleaded no contest in May to six counts of second-degree murder in an open plea to the court. The open plea means a sentence was not negotiated with the District Attorney’s Office.

Deputy District Attorneys Elizabeth Padilla and Casey Higgins of the DUI Training and Prosecution Section co-prosecuted the case.

On Feb. 9, 2014, Culbreath drove her car against traffic on the 57 and 60 freeways in the city of Diamond Bar, prosecutors said.

The defendant was driving northbound on the southbound lanes of the 57 freeway and then traveled eastbound in the westbound lanes of the 60 freeway when she collided head-on with another vehicle, prosecutors said.

All four occupants were killed. Two passengers in Culbreath’s car, including her sister, also died in the collision, prosecutors added.

According to evidence presented at the preliminary hearing, Culbreath had previously been arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol resulting in a collision. She was warned by the court about the dangers of driving under the influence of alcohol and also was admonished that such future conduct could result in murder charges.

In addition, evidence was presented that Culbreath had a .15 percent blood alcohol content approximately three hours after the fatal crash.

Case KA104665 was investigated by the California Highway Patrol.

Man Charged with Killing 77-Year-Old Woman in Hit-and-Run

A man has been charged with fatally hitting a 77-year-old woman with his vehicle and then fleeing last month in South Los Angeles, the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office announced today.

Brandon Rosendo Mazariego (dob 4/2/93) of South Los Angeles was charged with one felony count of hit-and-run driving resulting in death to another person in case BA472974. The charge includes allegations of a prior felony conviction.

The defendant is scheduled to be arraigned today in Department 30 of the Foltz Criminal Justice Center. The case was filed on Nov. 19.

On Nov. 13, Mazariego was allegedly driving an SUV on Budlong Avenue and turned onto West 28th Street, where he is accused of striking Maria Asuncion Reynoso with his vehicle, said Deputy District Attorney Jane Brownstone. He allegedly made no effort to stop and continued driving, the prosecutor said.

The victim, who lived a few blocks away, died of her injuries. Mazariego was arrested two days later.

He faces a possible maximum sentence of eight years in state prison if convicted as charged. The prosecutor is recommending that bail be set at $125,000.

Mazariego was convicted in October 2016 of one felony count of first-degree burglary, person present, according to the criminal complaint.

The case remains under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department, South Traffic Division.

Fatal Hit and Run Suspect Caught and Brought Back From Mexico.

As detectives continued to search for 30-year-old Sean Michael Yacks, the U.S. Marshals Violent Offender Task Force began assisting with the investigation. Members of the Task Force obtained information that Yacks was possibly staying in Mexico and they began working with Mexican authorities. On October 18, 2018, Mexican authorities located Yacks and took him into custody. He was then brought to the border and turned over to U.S. Customs and Border Protection Officers. Deputies with the Pima County Sheriff’s Department then took custody of Yacks and booked him into jail in Ajo, Arizona on his felony arrest warrant. Yacks is now awaiting transport back to Tucson, where he will be booked into the Pima County Jail. This arrest was made through the collaborative efforts of many different law enforcement agencies, including our partners across the border. A special thanks to everyone involved.

Traffic Fatality Birmingham, AL 10/20/2018

Birmingham, AL 10/20/2018
Sheriff’s Deputies are investigating a fatal traffic accident in the 1100 block of Forestdale Boulevard.
At about 6:20 this morning deputies were called to investigate a traffic accident involving a fatality in the 1100 block of Forestdale Boulevard.
An adult male pedestrian attempting to cross Forestdale Boulevard was struck and killed by a vehicle.
The Sheriff’s Traffic Accident Reconstruction Team is on the scene to conduct the investigation.
The name of the deceased is being withheld pending notification of family.

One vehicle verses a pedestrian crash claims a life.

A one vehicle verses a pedestrian crash at 8:55 a.m. today, November 6, 2018, has claimed the life of a Florence man. The pedestrian, Jason William Hewett, 34, was killed when he was struck by a 2014 Chevrolet Silverado driven by John Malcolm Thomas of Florence. Thomas was not injured in the crash. Hewett was pronounced dead at the scene. The crash occurred on County Road 137, four miles northwest of Florence. Hewett was a 2006 graduate of the Alabama State Trooper Academy and was assigned to the Highway Patrol Division in Lauderdale County of the Quad Cities Trooper Post. Trooper Hewett was off duty at the time of the crash. Nothing further is available as Troopers continue to investigate.