At 1:20 a.m. California Highway Patrol received a call about a potentially drunk driver traveling northbound on Highway 101 around the area of North San Pedro Road. The caller reported seeing a silver Mitsubishi Montero swerving and driving erratically on Highway 101, before driving off the roadway toward an embankment. It then became apparent that the Montero swerved back onto the highway and struck a red 2007 Toyota Yaris from behind.
Both vehicles were overturned in the accident, before landing back on their wheels in the middle of the roadway.
When emergency personnel arrived at the scene of the crash, the Yaris was blocking the fast lane with two people inside while the Montero was blocking the slow lane with Osmon DeLeon in the vehicle. All involved in the accident were taken to a hospital, where the driver of the Toyota Yaris was pronounced dead. The driver of the Montero was identified as Osmon DeLeon of Petaluma. When given a field sobriety tests by CHP personnel, Osmon DeLeon showed signs of impairment and was subsequently arrested for suspicion of felony DUI causing injury or death and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
The passenger of the Yaris was treated for pain and bruises and is not facing life-threatening injuries.