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.

Eric Corral Convicted of Causing a Bicyclist Death while Under Influence.

Eric Corral was convicted of killing a bicyclist while driving under the influence of alcohol.

On August 12, 2016, the victim, Scott Koch, stopped on Valencia at Nexus to cross the street on his bicycle. When Koch entered the crosswalk with a walk signal, Corral ran the right light, striking Koch. Witnesses described Koch being launched into the air by the passenger side windshield and then falling to the side of the road. Koch died 30 minutes later after being transported to the hospital.

Numerous good Samaritans stopped, attempted to render aid, and provided all the information they could to the officers. Corral slowed but did not stop, even though his windshield was shattered. Officers began looking for the car, aided by people calling in the damaged car, and eventually found Corral at Kolb and Golf Links, approximately 10 miles away. Officers attempted to stop Corral, but he continued to drive and turn onto Swan where he was cut off by a taxi driver and forced to stop.

Inside his car, Corral had an open beer bottle, an opened 12-pack on the passenger floorboard, and little “shooters” of alcohol around the interior of the car. Corral admitted that he had been drinking. His blood alcohol concentration came back at 0.313% almost two hours after the collision.

Last week, a jury convicted Corral of Negligent Homicide, Leaving the Scene After Causing an Accident Resulting in Death, and DUI. This case was prosecuted by Deputy County Attorneys Nicolette Kneup and Robin Schwartz.

Sentencing is scheduled for November 28, 2018.