Suspected DUI Driver Arrested After Fatal Crash in West Covina

The Whittier Daily News reports that a suspected DUI driver has been arrested after a fiery 3-vehicle crash on the 10 Freeway in West Covina. One woman was killed in the accident.

Officer Rodrigo Jimenez, a spokesperson for the California Highway Patrol, told reporters that the fatal crash happened at approximately 12:02 a.m. on Wednesday, April 27.

The suspect has been identified as 19-year-old Noe Mazanarez of Palmdale, who was driving a Toyota Camry eastbound in the number one lane of the 10 freeway at what officials said was “an unsafe speed for traffic conditions.” Manzanarez’s Toyota rear-ended a Nissan Sentra that was stopped on the freeway due to heavy traffic.

The collision caused a chain reaction, pushing the Nissan or the Toyota into a Ford F-350 pickup truck driven by a 34-year-old Rancho Cucamonga man and was stopped in the number 2 lane of the freeway.

Despite all efforts of good Samaritans and emergency responders, the woman driving the Nissan died at the crash scene. Manzanarez suffered minor injuries, and the man driving the Ford was uninjured.

CHP officers arrested Manzanarez at the scene of the crash on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated and felony DUI causing serious injury or death. He was later booked into the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Industry Station.  

A judge set Manzanarez’s bond at $100,000. He is currently being held at the Inmate Reception Center in lieu of that bond. 

Manzanarez is due to appear before the Pomona County Superior Court on Friday, April 29.

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