Woman Dies in a Suspected DUI Crash on Mount Baldy

Driving in bad weather can be treacherous enough. Driving recklessly on slick roads while intoxicated can be an almost guaranteed recipe for disaster.

The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reports that is what one driver found out on Monday, January 17, 2022, when a rollover crash above Claremont left one woman dead and two others injured.

In a statement released by the California Highway Patrol, at approximately 11:30 p.m., a 30-year-old male driver was driving a 2018 Toyota Camry at an unsafe speed for rainy weather and road conditions when he lost control of the vehicle near the intersection of Mount Baldy Road and Mountain Avenue. The Toyota veered right and crashed into a dirt berm, causing a rollover crash. The car finally came to a rest when it collided with the roadway.

Emergency crews responded to the scene of the crash. Inside the vehicle, a 28-year-old woman was riding in the right rear passenger seat but was not wearing a seatbelt. Paramedics responding to the wreck declared her dead at the scene.  

A 31-year-old man who was a passenger in the car was also not wearing a seatbelt. He suffered minor injuries in the crash and was taken to Pomona Valley Hospital for treatment. His current condition was not released at the time of the report.

The driver of the Toyota had been wearing his seatbelt and did not suffer injury in the crash. 

CHP Officer J. Garcia told reporters that officers interviewed the driver and conducted a series of field sobriety tests. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI causing gross injury or death and manslaughter while intoxicated. The unidentified driver is currently being held at the San Dimas Sheriff’s Station in lieu of a $1,000 bond.

The accident is currently under investigation.

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