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2 killed when SUV plummets 100 feet off 10 Freeway

July 31, 2012 | 10:50 am

Two people were killed and two others injured early Tuesday when their SUV dropped 100 feet and landed on a transition road on the opposite side of the 10 Freeway in East Los Angeles, officials said.

Driver Christine Meng, 22, of San Gabriel, failed to round a turn while traveling at an unknown rate of speed around 1 a.m., flying over a wall and dropping to the transition road between the westbound 10 Freeway and the southbound 710 Freeway, officials said.

No other vehicles were involved, said CHP spokeswoman Doris Peniche.

Two San Gabriel men -– Joseph Almario, 21, and Manolo Magat, 23 -– were killed, and Meng and another passenger, Jason Lieu, 22, were taken to the hospital, officials said.

Meng was charged with a felony DUI and faces possible vehicular manslaughter charges, officials said.

“At this point, we did smell an odor of an alcoholic beverage within the vehicle,” Peniche said.

The accident is still under investigation.

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-- Melissa Leu

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