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Woman killed by suspected drunk driver on 605 Freeway

July 18, 2009 |  3:06 pm

A 26-year-old Fontana woman was killed early this morning when a suspected drunk driver struck her car that had stalled on the 605 Freeway in Whittier near Waddell Street, authorities said.

The woman, whose name had not been released, was driving north with two passengers in her 2000 Honda Civic when she struck a guard rail on the right shoulder and stalled at about 2:25 a.m., according to California Highway Patrol reports.

The woman got out of her call after it stalled and had just switched places with a passenger in the back seat when her car was struck from behind by a 1991 Toyota Previa, according to CHP reports.

The woman was taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital in Whittier where she died. Her two passengers, both 26-year-old women, suffered mild and moderate injuries and were taken to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, CHP reported.

The Previa’s driver, Criselda Valderrama, 20, of Baldwin Park, had failed to notice the stalled car, CHP reports said. She was arrested on suspicion of manslaughter while intoxicated and taken to Presbyterian Intercommunity Hospital to be treated for moderate injuries, reports said. She was being held today on $25,000 bail, according to Los Angeles County jail records.

-- Molly Hennesy-Fiske