The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) estimates that only 3 percent of all traffic fatalities in the US can be attributed to wrong-way crashes. According to the NTSB, there are several reasons why someone might end up going the wrong way on our freeways and interstates the confusion of an inexperienced or elderly driver or a poorly lit road or inadequate signing. The most common cause of wrong-way crashes is driver impairment
Mercury News reports that on Sunday, August 4th, four people on two motorcycles were killed by a wrong-way motorist on Highway 65 in Tulare County.
Officer Marc McWilliams with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) said in a statement that the accident happened at approximately 2:00 a.m. Two men and two women from Porterville were traveling on Highway 65 when a woman driving an SUV struck the bikers head-on.
All four motorcyclists were pronounced dead at the scene.
The CHP has identified the SUV driver as Jazmin Paramo, 24. Authorities have arrested and charged Paramo with driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the multiple-fatality crash.
Authorities have not yet released the names of those killed in the accident pending notification of family members.
Paramo was transported to by helicopter from the mostly agricultural area to a hospital for treatment of injuries that authorities say were moderate to major.
On Monday, August 6th, it was unclear whether Paramo had an attorney who would represent her in the case.