Fontana Woman Pleads Not Guilty to Six Counts of Murder in Deadly Wrong-Way Crash

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Olivia Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Olivia Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

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A 22-year-old Fontana woman accused of killing six people while driving the wrong way on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar last year pleaded not guilty for a second time Wednesday after a judge determined she was eligible to face murder charges.

Olivia Carolee Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom Wednesday wearing a hospital gown and handcuffed to a wheelchair.

Olivia Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)
Olivia Culbreath appeared at an arraignment hearing in a downtown Los Angeles courtroom on Feb. 25, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Culbreath was initially charged with six counts of murder on Feb. 13, 2014. During a preliminary hearing on Jan. 28, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for the earlier charges to stand, according to Sarah Ardalani with the Los Angeles County District Attorney’s Office.

Prosecutors allege Culbreath was driving a 2013 Chevrolet Camaro the wrong way on the 60 Freeway at speeds over 100 mph in the early morning hours of Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014 when she collided head-on with a 1998 Ford Explorer.

All four occupants in the Ford Explorer were killed and two passengers in the Camaro also died, including Culbreath’s own sister, according to the DA’s office.

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At least six people were killed in a crash involving a wrong-way driver on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar on Sunday, Feb. 9, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

The victims of the crash were identified as: Gregorio Mejia-Martinez, 47; his wife, Leticia Ibarra, 42; their daughter, Jessica Jasmine Mejia, 20; Jessica’s grandmother, Ester Delgado; Maya Louise Culbreath, 24, of Rialto; and Kristin Melissa Young, 21, of Chino.

Culbreath had a previous DUI violation and had restrictions on her license lifted the week before the crash, according to the California Department of Motor Vehicles.

She was due back in court for a pretrial conference on March 10, Ardalani said.

If convicted as charged, Culbreath faced a maximum sentence of life in state prison.

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