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Drunk driving accident claims the lives of 3 teenagers

Three teenagers died in a catastrophic Huntington Beach car accident on a recent Thursday. The crash happened after a drunk motorist drove into the back of the teenagers' vehicle. The deceased teenagers included two boys, aged 18 and 17, and one girl, aged 17. A fourth teenager was also in the vehicle and was fortunate to survive after suffering injuries that required hospital care.

Immediately after the crash, authorities arrested a 27-year-old woman who they suspect was driving under the influence at the time she caused the rear-end collision. They also arrested her on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. She was booked into the Orange County jailhouse. She secured her release on Sunday on bail of $100,000. As of last reports, her criminal charges had yet to be formalized.

Huntington Beach police say that they first became aware of the crash after receiving a report of a vehicle fire at 1:08 a.m. When police arrived on scene, they found a Toyota on fire at the intersection of Magnolia Street and Pacific Coast Highway. Police say that the Toyota had been waiting at a red light when the 27-year-old woman drove into the back of it with her Hyundai Sonata.

The best way for California drivers to use the news of this tragedy is to let it serve as a harsh and terrible reminder of the fact that drunk and intoxicated driving is not only unlawful, but it is also irresponsible and unethical. Those who commit such crimes and endanger their fellow citizens in drunk driving accidents can and should be held accountable for their actions -- both criminally and financially.

Source: The Mercury News, "Alleged drunk driver in California beach town kills teens on spring break," The Associated Press, March 30, 2018

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