Authorities believe alcohol may have played a role

WALNUT CREEK, CA – One person died and five more suffered injuries in a head-on collision that police believe was the result of drinking and driving.

Friday morning the Office of the Contra Costa County Coroner identified Walnut Creek resident Hector Garza, 45 as the individual killed in the collision.

Wrongful Death - Vehicular Manslaughter
Wrongful Death - Vehicular Manslaughter


After the crash the police did take someone into custody, according to Lt. Traci Reese. This person was identified as Jessica Martin, 35, a resident of Tennessee. She is suspected of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.

Reese said that a vehicle that appeared to be some type of Jeep was at the South Broadway extension driving south when it crashed head-on into another vehicle driving north. Following that, the Jeep slammed into two more vehicles.

The five people rushed to area hospitals in the aftermath of the accident had suffered injuries ranging from minor all the way up to life threatening. However, on Friday the police would not release any updates on their medical conditions. 

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While police investigated the accident the South Broadway extension had to be closed to all traffic for a number of hours.

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(Source: East Bay Times)

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