Two Alleged DUI Drivers Arrested After Multivehicle Crash Near Riverside Leaves 1 Dead, 1 Injured: CHP


File photo: A CHP patrol car.

Two drivers — a man and a woman — were arrested on suspicion of DUI after a multivehicle collision left a female dead and another driver injured on the 215 Freeway near Riverside over the weekend, authorities said Monday morning.

The chain-reaction crash, which occurred on the northbound 215 south of Center Street around 2:50 a.m. Sunday, was apparently triggered when a Ford F-150 overtook a Kia from behind and rear-ended the car, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

The collision caused the Kia to become disabled between the freeway’s first and second lanes. Around the same time, a Honda Civic driving northbound on the 215 approached the Kia and collided with the car, the release stated.

An injured female passenger in the Honda was rushed to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead, according to CHP. Her name and age have not yet been released.

The 28-year-old man driving the Kia sustained moderate injuries in the crash; his condition was not immediately known.

The other two drivers — 30-year-old John Williams, who was behind the wheel of the Ford, and 32-year-old Tanya Espinoza, who was driving the Honda — were each arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to CHP officials.

An investigation into the traffic collision is ongoing, and anyone with information has been asked to contact CHP in Riverside at 951-637-8000.