Vigil Held For Girl, 14, Killed By Alleged Drunk Driver

IRVINE (AP) — A suspected drunk driver is in custody after he reportedly drove his truck into a car, killing a girl inside and injuring a man and three other teenage girls in Orange County early Sunday.

Later that day, the friends and family of Ashton Sweet held a vigil for the 14-year-old girl at the site of the crash.

Irvine police Lt. Henry Boggs says the suspect was driving a late model Toyota pickup early Sunday when it collided with a Mercedes Benz driven by a 48-year-old Irvine man.

The crash occurred at the intersection of Culver Drive and Irvine Boulevard, where investigators spent much of the day trying to reconstruct the accident, Boggs said.

The man driving the Mercedes and three other teenage girls were injured. Sweet was hospitalized in grave condition and later died, according to her friends and family. Police have not confirmed that report.

The two occupants of the Toyota were not hurt.

The driver of the Toyota was arrested and booked at the Orange County Jail on suspicion of felony drunken driving. Bail was set at $100,000.

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