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Woman arrested on suspicion of DUI in fatal Winnetka crash

June 26, 2012 |  7:13 am

Deadly DUI crash
A woman has been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after authorities say she caused a fatal traffic accident involving a brother and sister in Winnetka.

The collision occurred about 9:35 p.m. in the 19700 block of West Parthenia Street and involved two cars and the fence of a home, Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Matt Spence said.

Det. Bill Bustos of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division said the suspect’s car was driving eastbound when it moved into the westbound lane. An  18-year-old man driving tried to swerve, but the two cars collided, and the driver's sister who was in her mid-20s was killed, Bustos said.

LAPD Officer Rosario Herrera said the suspect is about 50 but did not immediately identify her. The suspect suffered “moderate injuries” and was transported to a local hospital and released, Bustos said. The male driver suffered minor injuries, Bustos said.

A spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office said the woman who died  has not been identified.

KTLA reports that the brother and sister were wearing seat belts inside a Honda Civic. The suspect was driving a Ford Explorer, which KTLA says came to a rest after crashing into a wrought iron fence in front of a house. No one inside the home was hurt.

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-- Matt Stevens

Twitter.com/mattstevenslat

Photo: Scene of deadly suspected DUI crash. Credit: KTLA-TV.

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