Drunk Driver Kills Teen in Head-On Crash
LOS GATOS, Calif. (May 14, 2019) —A 16-year-old boy tragically killed in a wrong-way DUI crash on Highway 17 early Saturday has been identified as Fremont resident Armando Canales.
Canales was killed and four other teenagers injured when a drunk driver going the wrong way on Highway 17 hit their vehicle head-on just after 2 a.m. Saturday morning, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Ashley Marie Oliver, 28, of San Jose, was driving a minivan north in the southbound lanes when she collided with the Toyota Corolla carrying the teens.
Oliver, also injured in the crash, was arrested on charges of felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter, according to the CHP.
An officer had spotted Oliver’s van driving in the wrong direction prior to the crash but was unable to apprehend her in time.
The sedan had five 16- and 17-olds inside at the time of the crash.
Three others were taken to the hospital with serious injuries, but authorities said they were not life-threatening.
Canales was sitting in the backseat behind the driver and was not wearing a seat belt at the time of the crash.
According to a GoFundMe campaign launched in his name, Canales is remembered as a funny, caring friend with a promising future who played football for Washington High.
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