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Driver accused of DUI in head-on crash near Lake Mathews that killed Long Beach woman

By in Press Enterprise on October 10, 2017

By Gail Wesson

A Riverside man involved in a fatal head-on collision near Lake Mathews Sunday has been arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence, according to a California Highway Patrol news release.

A passenger in a 2015 Nissan, Angelica Garcia Martinez Figueroa, 52, of Long Beach, died at 4:48 a.m. at Riverside Community Hospital of injuries sustained in the collision, according to a Riverside County Sheriff/Coroner’s news release.

The 1:55 a.m. crash was at El Sobrante Road near Palm Road, according to the coroner’s report.

Kevin McCarthy, 24, of Riverside, was driving a 2013 Dodge northbound on El Sobrante when for unknown reason he crossed the solid double yellow lines and traveled into the path of the Nissan driven by Maria Mata, 55, of Long Beach, according to the news release.

He was subsequently arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence.

Both McCarthy and Mata along with two additional passengers in Mata’s vehicle were hospitalized. Information on their conditions was not available Monday.

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