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Long Beach Woman Killed in DUI Crash on 91 Freeway in La Palma

The victim was riding in a vehicle driven by a suspected drunken driver early Saturday.

A 29-year-old Long Beach woman was identified Saturday as the passenger who died after being ejected from a car that overturned in a DUI crash on the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway in neighboring La Palma.

Christine Gilbert, 29, was taken to La Palma Intercommunity Hospital after the 2:40 a.m. Saturday accident and pronounced dead about 25 minutes later, according to the Orange County Coroner's office.

The victim was riding in a car that struck another westbound vehicle east of Walker Street, according to the California Highway Patrol. The driver lost control of the car which then overturned. Gilbert was ejected from the vehicle and struck a "fixed object," according to the CHP accident report.

The driver of the car in which Gilbert was riding was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the CHP.

Mazy September 20, 2012 at 06:48 AM
Judge... by who's power does anyone have the rites to judge another. The loss is tragic and although people are hurting for this loss it serves no purpose to talk about the driver in a way that is inhumane. That driver will be prosecuted by law so try not to persecute.
mommabear September 21, 2012 at 02:17 AM
Please don't try to justify this because the driver is your friend.Accidents, injury and death occur everyday because those who have been drinking have gotten behind the wheel.Chrissy chose not to drive because she knew she was not capable.Unfortunately, she also was not capable of judging the driver's ability.But the driver had been drinking, knew she had been drinking and was aware it was not legal, but still chose to drive anyway.Tragically,too many drunk drivers think they are okay to drive.So the statement that they both got in the car does not justify her bad judgment.If Chrissy had gotten in the car, passed out and awoken later on without going anywhere, this would not have happened to her.It took the driver's act to put everything into motion.That being said, she is going to have to live with her irresponsibility for the rest of her life, with the knowledge that her actions led to the death of another.She is going to wake up everyday and remember what she did.That is going to be tough, and I would not want to have to live with that on my conscience.
Gary-James Gunnarson September 21, 2012 at 07:57 AM
And for all of you who think you know the entire situation, for your information the driver who's passenger had died blew under a 0.08BAC so please feel free to criticize the situation as you feel necessary, but know this, it was the other blatant individual whose disregard for human life that caused the accident who is at fault not the driver of the victims who were severely injured in the crash. Also laws are placed with specific punishments and fines for a reason, if you infuriated individuals feel that the law is not strict enough then petition the law and do something about it, don't slander victims on the internet to try and pawn off your redundant law chatter on the internet in hopes that you can get attention, and yes I'm being attentive to this matter but only to act as a median and shine light on this murky situation and to clarify that some of your desired punishments for an offender are violations of human rights and are unconstitutional.
Teresa Weiner September 21, 2012 at 06:08 PM
Im with u Gary.im so upset Reading all these posts. Everyone is so quick to judge its sickening. all 3 girls involved are my friends, the driver is my best friend. She WAS NOT DRUNK, it was another vehicle that went into her lane and struck them causing the accident. This whole situation is tragic. Chrissy was a beautiful spirit who will be greatly missed. Everyone needs to understand how important seatbelts are...unfortunately she would not listen and put hers on, if she had maybe she would still be with us. Im truly sorry for her loss. My condolences to her family & the rest of her friends.
megan virdin September 22, 2012 at 01:33 AM
Thanx Teresa it's sad to know that u judge people even when u didnt know them she was my aunt and I hate people who judge

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