ELYSIAN PARK (CBSLA.com) — A 22-year-old man has been arrested following a crash on the Golden State (5) Freeway that killed one of two passengers.
The crash on the freeway’s southbound off-ramp to Colorado Street occurred about 4 a.m. Sunday.
A statement issued by the California Highway Patrol identified the driver as Jose Mariano Spillari of Glendale.
Spillari was allegedly traveling in the wrong direction in a 1998 Oldsmobile when he lost control of the car, veered off the road and struck a tree, the statement said.
The impact of the crash caused a rear passenger to be ejected through the back window of the car. That individual, identified as a 21-year-old man from Los Angeles, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Spillari and a second passenger were transported to USC Medical Center for treatment of major injuries.
Spillari was subsequently placed under arrest on suspicion of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. His bail has been set at $200,000.
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