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1 dead in suspected drunken driving crash

ABC7 Eyewitness News HD covering Los Angeles and Southern California.

December 20, 2009 12:00:00 AM PST
A woman was killed on the 10 Freeway in El Monte after being rear-ended by a suspected drunk driver, believed to be traveling well over 100 miles per hour.It happened around 2:40 a.m. Sunday on the eastbound side, just east of Santa Anita Avenue.

CHP officers say 43-year-old Thomas Vanauken of Anaheim was driving at over 120 miles per hour when he slammed into the back of a Mitsubishi, hit the center divider and flipped over.

The victim, a 42-year-old woman from Ontario, was pronounced dead at the hospital.

Two passengers were injured in the crash.

Vanauken was booked for gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.