SAN JOSE — A 21-year-old male passenger was killed early Saturday morning in a suspected drunk-driving crash on southbound Highway 101 at the Hellyer Avenue overcrossing, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The solo-vehicle collision resulted in the arrest of Christopher Carrillo, 20, of San Jose, who was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter, according to CHP Officer Ross Lee. Carrillo suffered injuries in the crash that are not considered life-threatening.
On Saturday at 3:08 a.m., the two men were traveling south on Highway 101 in a 2003 Toyota Corolla and approaching the Hellyer overcrossing when Carrillo lost control of his car, Lee said. The Toyota went off the roadway, up the embankment and crashed into the Hellyer Avenue overcrossing.
The impact of the collision mangled the top of the car, Lee said.
The passenger who died in the crash has been identified by the Santa Clara County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office as Orlando Sanchez, 21, of Castro Valley.
CHP officers in the San Jose area arrested 15 people on suspicion of DUI during the Memorial Day weekend, including Claudia Maldonado, 23, of Pleasanton, who crashed into a power pole on northbound Highway 17 on Sunday morning, Lee said.
The crash on Highway 17 caused lanes to be shut down in both directions near Redwood Estates for about five hours, Lee said.
In another incident, a 38-year-old Santa Clara man suspected of driving under the influence nearly got into a head-on collision with a CHP patrol car early Saturday morning. The man, behind the wheel of Ford F-150, attempted to get onto Highway 101 by taking the Yerba Buena exit ramp, Lee said. As the man was traveling in the wrong direction, a CHP patrol car was exiting 101 at the Yerba Buena ramp.
“Both vehicles swerved and avoided a head-on collision,” Lee said.
The driver, Maung Myo Win, 38, of Santa Clara, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and booked into Santa Clara County jail.
Statewide, the CHP arrested 973 people on suspicion of driving under the influence during the Memorial Day Weekend. There were 21 fatalities on state highways and roads under CHP jurisdiction, including one pedestrian and one motorcyclist. Of the 19 people killed while traveling in automobiles, six were not wearing seat belts, Lee said. https://www.mercurynews.com/2019/05/28/san-jose-crash-passenger-killed-driver-suspected-of-dui-in-crash-on-highway-101/