A 19-year-old from Irvine has been arrested on suspicion of felony manslaughter after an early morning crash in Silverado Canyon that left a 16-year-old girl, Marie “Lizzie” Johnson, dead and six others injured, according to the O.C. Register.
Antonio Escamilla of Irvine was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI and felony vehicular manslaughter, said Todd Kovaletz, spokesman for California Highway Patrol, according to the Los Angeles Times.
Johnson, who was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash, was ejected from the vehicle operated by 19-year-old Escamilla, who was released from the hospital Tuesday after treatment for injuries suffered in the crash. CHP officers are still conducting an investigation into the crash, and Escamilla was not in police custody Tuesday at mid-day, according to NBC.
At about 1:30 a.m., two 2006 Honda Civics were traveling south about 70 mph on Santiago Canyon Road when the driver of the front car slammed his brakes to avoid hitting a deer, authorities said. Escamilla, who was following close behind in the other car, also hit his brakes but lost control and slammed into a tree after going off an embankment, officials said, according to the Daily Pilot.
Six other occupants of the cars were injured in the collision, which occurred about 1:45 a.m. in east Orange County, according to KTLA.