A California Highway Patrol cruiser.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Courtesy CHP

A woman involved in a deadly collision on a freeway ramp earlier this year turned herself in Friday and was booked on suspicion of murder and other charges after investigators determined that she — not the other driver — had allegedly been traveling in the wrong direction while under the influence of alcohol.

Around 2 a.m. Feb. 26, a Toyota Camry and a Volkswagen Jetta collided on a ramp between northbound Interstate 5 and westbound Interstate 8. The driver of the Volkswagen was killed, and the driver and passenger in the Toyota suffered major injuries.

Investigators initially thought the Volkswagen driver had been going the wrong direction and was at fault for the crash, said California Highway Patrol Officer Jake Sanchez.

However, after examining all the evidence, they came to the conclusion that the Toyota driver was the one who’d been heading the wrong way and that she was allegedly under the influence of alcohol at the time of the crash, he said.

Lauren Ashley Freeman, 23, surrendered at San Diego Superior Court around 1:30 p.m. and was being held on suspicion of murder, vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated and felony drunken driving, according to Sanchez.

— City News Service