Santa Monica Man Arrested after Wrong-Way Crash on the 405

Matthew Fisher also suffered moderate injuries, as did his passenger, also 19, also from Santa Monica.

Patch file photo.
Patch file photo.

A 19-year-old man from Santa Monica was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol today after his car crashed into another vehicle while going north on the southbound San Diego (405) Freeway in Westchester, injuring himself and four others.

It happened at 2:43 a.m. at Howard Hughes Parkway, two minutes after authorities received a report of a wrong-way vehicle, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The arrested driver was identified as Matthew Fisher of Santa Monica, who suffered moderate injuries in the crash. A passenger in Fisher's 2001 Honda, 19-year-old Santa Monica resident Tyler Raifsnider, also suffered moderate injuries, the CHP reported.

Both were taken to a hospital for treatment.

Linda Awed, 19, of Whittier, who was driving the 1992 Nissan that was struck by the Honda, and two 20-year-old passengers, Milesha Morrison of Pullman, Wash., and Fabian Rodriguez of Los Angeles were also taken to a hospital, according to the CHP.

Awed and Morrison suffered moderate injuries, officials said.

No details were available about Rodriguez's injuries.

The CHP issued a SigAlert shutting down all lanes of the freeway at Howard Hughes Parkway following the crash.

--City News Service

Glenn E Grab June 09, 2014 at 01:28 PM
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