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UPDATE: Alleged Drunk Driver Released on Bail

The four female passengers in a drunk driving crash remain seriously injured, while Glendale police increases patrol to prevent alcohol-related crashes.

UPDATE: Glendale police are beefing up patrol after an increased number of alcohol-related crashes, including a Sunday morning crash involving an alleged drunk driver that left four teenage women with major injuries.

Eric Corona, 20, of Covina was allegedly drunk when he crashed a Toyota Corolla into a tree along Honolulu Avenue, Glendale police Detective Paul Heater told Patch.

He was held at $100,000 bail and released about 2 p.m. Sunday.

Corona and four other teenage girls from Covina were heading back from a Halloween party when they crashed, Heater said. It was unclear if they were wearing seatbelts. 

Police were not only releasing the driver’s name at this time, Heater said.

“Officers had to ask if the blood was real or fake because they were in costumes,” Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told the Glendale News-Press. “The blood was real.”

“That accident is a very good example of what can happen when we mix alcohol with driving,” Traffic Bureau Lt. Stephen Robertson told the News-Press.

SUNDAY: A 20-year-old man crashed head-on into a tree in Montrose early Sunday in Montrose, injuring four women and trapping one of the women in the car, according to the Glendale Police Department.

The crash on the southeast corner of Honolulu Avenue and Ocean View Boulevard happened at 4:30 a.m. Sunday, Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz told Patch. The wreck happened hours before the weekly .

The woman passenger was eventually freed from the vehicle by members of the Glendale Fire Department, but all four women were injured, Lorenz said. The driver was not injured or transported to a hospital.

Two of the women, one suffering a broken arm and the other sustaining spine fractures, were taken to Glendale Adventist Medical Center. The other two were taken to , one with cervical tube fractures and another with a dislocated hip and broken arm.

The 20-year-old man was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI, according to police.

George L. November 02, 2011 at 05:18 PM
Thanks for asking about the seatbelts. I've seen people walk away from more serious accidents than this when seatbelts were worn. Also, I wonder how fast the driver was going before hitting the tree? Just the logical part of my brain. If the driver was alone, its a case of DUI and property damage. Now that you have 4 women with injuries, he is responsible for that as well. Personally, a driver doesn't have to ask me to wear a seatbelt, I put it on as a default. The beauty of growing up post seatbelt law.

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