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Passenger killed in suspected DUI crash in Siskiyou County

California Highway Patrol said that they arrested the driver in Sunday night's fatal crash, charging him with vehicular manslaughter.

Posted: May 17, 2021 12:05 PM
Updated: May 17, 2021 12:08 PM

HORNBROOK, Calif. — California Highway Patrol says that alcohol is suspected as a factor in a fatal rollover crash in Siskiyou County on Sunday night.

According to the agency, 33-year-old Joshua Justice of Weed was driving his 1999 Toyota Land Cruiser east on Ager Beswick Road "at an unknown speed" around 11 p.m. on Sunday night, accompanied by an unidentified 54-year-old passenger. CHP said that Justice veered off the roadway, apparently over-corrected, then lost control and rolled the Land Cruiser.

Justice was wearing his seatbelt and received only moderate injuries in the crash, CHP said. But the passenger did not have a seatbelt on, and was thrown from the vehicle during the rollover. He did not survive the crash.

CHP said that Justice was arrested and booked into the Siskiyou County Jail for DUI Causing Injury and Vehicular Manslaughter.

While the crash is still under investigation, CHP said that alcohol is believed to have played a part in the crash.

"The California Highway Patrol, Yreka Area, would like to remind everyone that Drinking and Driving never mix, and always wear your seatbelt," the agency said.

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