21 Dead in Memorial Day Weekend Crashes in California

CHP Reports Half Fatalities Not Wearing Seat Belts

 18 Dead in Memorial Day Weekend Crashes in CaliforniaSACRAMENTO, Calif. (May 28, 2019) — At least half of the 21 people who died over the Memorial Day weekend were not wearing seat belts, according to a report released Monday by the California Highway Patrol.

The CHP reported there were 21 deaths over the holiday weekend on California freeways and roads. Eight of those who died were killed during the first six hours of the holiday weekend during the Memorial Day Maximum Enforcement Period, the CHP said. The number of deaths was roughly half the number reported in previous years, but that could rise as the CHP records released so far only go through Monday afternoon.

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Four of those who died were in a single-vehicle collision in Merced County near Los Banos. A 2017 Nissan Altima carrying two adults and two children from Pomona crashed about 9 p.m. Sunday on Highway 33. The 40-year-old man, a 22-year-old pregnant woman and two boys ages 9 and 2 years old all died in the collision.

In Orange County, Colton Mondy, 17, of Garden Grove, and Luis Hernandez, 19, of Santa Ana, both died Saturday, May 25th in a crash on Santiago Canyon Road.

Additionally, the CHP made 973 arrests (through Monday afternoon) for driving under the influence during the first 30 hours of the weekend.

Past Memorial Day CHP Arrest/Death Records

2019: 973 arrests, 21 deaths

2018: 1,060 arrests, 37 deaths

2017: 921 arrests, 45 deaths

2016: 1,065 arrests, 39 deaths

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