Brick, NJ – Fatal crash on Garden State Parkway claims life of 22-year-old woman |

A 22-year-old woman traveling in a gray Scion with three other people died this morning after the car crashed on the Garden State Parkway in Brick Township, New Jersey State Police said.

The driver of the vehicle faces multiple charges, including driving while intoxicated, driving while his license was suspended, and causing death while driving with a suspended license, State Police spokesman Trooper Jeff Flynn said.

Kenneth Fonseca, a 23-year-old Toms River resident, was driving the car southbound when the vehicle veered left off the roadway, struck a guardrail and overturned down an embankment, police said. The accident occurred around 4:18 a.m. at mile marker 93.4.

Britzi Flores, 22 of Toms River, was pronounced dead at 6 a.m. at the scene of the accident, Flynn said.

Jose Flores and Jessenia Morales, 23, both of Lakewood, were also traveling in the vehicle at time of the accident but suffered non-life threatening injuries, police said.

The driver and two passengers were taken to Jersey Shore University Medical Center in Neptune, Flynn said.

The driver is now being held at the Ocean County Correctional Facility on $50,000 bail, police said. Additional criminal charges are pending, Flynn said.

via Fatal accident on Garden State Parkway in Brick claims life of 22-year-old woman |

Cleveland – Passenger killed in I-480 wrong way crash |

A passenger was killed Saturday night in a wrong way crash of I-480 westbound on Cleveland’s west side.

The fatal accident happened around 11:30 p.m. on I-480 WB near W. 130th Street in Cleveland.

Officers said the investigation reveals that 40-year-old Julio Cesar Vargas drove his vehicle the wrong way on the I-480 WB exit ramp.  Police said Vargas entered the exit ramp and crashed into another vehicle, injuring two people.

Police said the driver of the second vehicle was transported to MetroHealth Medical Center with serious injuries, but the passenger died at the scene.

Vargas, the driver of the striking vehicle, was arrested on charges of aggravated vehicular homicide and aggravated vehicular assault. Police said he was also treated for a high level of intoxication. OVI charges are pending.

The victims’ names were not released.

via Passenger killed in I-480 wrong way crash – Cleveland.

Chowchilla, Calif. – One killed in crash DUI suspected |

One man was killed and another sustained major injuries Thursday morning in a two-vehicle crash near Chowchilla, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Officers suspect DUI may have been a factor in the crash. The Madera County coroner’s office has not released the name of the person who was killed, pending notification of his family. The CHP said the victim was in his mid-20s.

The crash was reported just after 9 a.m. on Highway 152 near Road 11. Librado Buenrostro, 26, was driving a red Kia Optima westbound on Highway 152 at a high rate of speed. Buenrostro’s vehicle was carrying two male and three female passengers, according to Officer Mark Cosentino.

Meanwhile, a white Kia Optima driven by a 32-year-old man was traveling westbound on Highway 152 just ahead of Buenrostro’s vehicle, approaching Road 11. The driver of the white Kia had no passengers.

As Buenrostro approached the other vehicle, the CHP said, he swerved to the right but clipped the back of it. Buenrostro lost control of his car and traveled off the roadway, striking a barbed-wire fence and overturning, Cosentino said.

None of the occupants of Buenrostro’s car were wearing seat belts, according to the CHP.

Besides the man in Buenrostro’s car who was killed, another male passenger also in his mid-20s sustained major injuries. Buenrostro suffered minor injuries, and others inside his car were treated for minor to moderate injuries.

The victim who had major injuries was taken to Community Regional Medical Center in Fresno. Cosentino said the driver of the other vehicle wasn’t injured.

Officers determined Buenrostro was driving under the influence, the CHP reported. He was booked at the Madera County jail.

via One killed in crash near Chowchilla, DUI suspected | Local News | Merced Sun-Star.

Bloomington, Ill. – Charges upgraded in DUI fatality |

A 22-year-old Illinois State University student died of head injuries suffered in a two-car crash early Saturday said McLean County Coroner Beth Kimmerling.

Michael Collins, a senior exercise science major at ISU and 2010 graduate of Normal Community West High School, was pronounced dead at 9:05 p.m. Wednesday at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center in Normal.

Kimmerling said Collins was wearing a seat belt and in the front passenger seat at the time of the collision at approximately 1:50 a.m. at the intersection of Main and Empire in Bloomington.

Four additional charges accusing  Jamie Webb, 37, of aggravated driving under the influence were filed Thursday by the McLean County State’s Attorney’s office. The bond initially set at $500,000 Saturday on a single aggravated DUI charge remains, meaning she must post $50,025 to be released. The additional aggravated DUI counts allege that Webb’s conduct caused the death of Collins and injuries to another passenger in the car with him, Tawni Ricketts.

According to police, Webb was driving west on Empire Street with a passenger, Orlando Jones, early Saturday when she ran a red light and crashed into a car near Main Street carrying Michael Collins and three others.

Webb had been at a Bloomington bar and had a blood alcohol level of 0.156 percent –almost twice the legal limit for driving—after the accident, according to a prosecutor’s statement.

An April 18 arraignment is set.

via Charges upgraded in DUI fatality.

Oconto Co., Wisc. – 19-year-old faces homicide charge after fatal crash |

A Neenah man was charged Monday with homicide by intoxicated use of a vehicle in connection with a weekend crash in Oconto County that killed his friend.

Zachary J. E. Romnek, 19, was also charged with knowingly operating a motor vehicle while suspended-causing death. Both counts are felonies that carry maximum sentences of 25 years and six years, respectively.

Nineteen-year-old Thorton L. Gressler of Bonduel was killed in the crash. He was pronounced dead at the scene of the crash, Oconto County W and Martha Lane in the town of Riverview, about eight miles northeast of Mountain.

The crash occurred around 2:25 a.m. when Romnek’s pickup truck went off the road and rolled into a tree, according to the criminal complaint.

Romnek told an Oconto County Sheriff’s deputy that he and Gressler had been driving around and stopping occasionally for a beer. They were on their way to an area north of Crooked Lake to hang out when he lost control because of ice on the road and crashed, Romnek said.

Romnek made an initial appearance in Oconto County Circuit Court Monday afternoon, where Judge Michael T. Judge set a $5,000 cash bond.

via Neenah man faces homicide charge after fatal crash | Post-Crescent Media |

Orangeburg, SC – Man charged with DUI in connection with deadly dirt bike crash |

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An Orangeburg man has been charged with felony driving under the influence after his vehicle hit a dirt bike, killing the biker.

The Times and Democrat of Orangeburg reported that 36-year-old Travis Morgan died after the collision around 7 p.m. Sunday off U.S. 21 south of Orangeburg.

Forty-one-year-old Shareef Shabazz has been charged in the case.

The South Carolina Highway Patrol says Shabazz’s vehicle ran into the back of Morgan’s off-road motorcycle.

via SC man charged with DUI in connection with deadly dirt bike cras – WBTW-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Florence, SC.

Berrien Twp., Mich. – Woman killed in suspected drunk driving crash involving 20-year-old driver |

A young woman is dead after a single car accident early Tuesday morning in Berrien Township.  The Berrien County Sheriff’s Department says a Ford Pick-up was heading north on Pucker St. when the driver lost control and hit a tree.

The passenger in the truck, a 19-year-old woman, was killed in the crash.  Police say the driver of the vehicle, a 20-year-old man, was found “wandering around the area with visible injuries.”  The driver was taken to an area hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Deputies arrested the driver on a preliminary charge of operating a motor vehicle under the influence of intoxicants causing death.  Police have not yet released the identities of the driver or the passenger.

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