CORONA, California (April 27, 2016) –– Ashley Austin, 27, and Christopher Austin, 6, were killed when a suspected drunken driver crashed the GMC Sierra they were riding in on the 15 Freeway Friday in a construction area, according to a report by the Riverside County Sheriff Coroner.
The Canyon Lake mother and son were passengers in the vehicle driven by Michael Edward Mason, 58, of Claremont. Police arrested the driver after the crash on DUI charges. They both died at the scene of the crash before emergency responders arrived. Other passengers were a 9-year-old girl who was hospitalized with minor injuries after the 9:22 p.m. crash.
Mason was also taken to Riverside Community Hospital where he was arrested and taken to Robert Presley Detention Center. He faces charges including murder, DUI of alcohol, vehicular manslaughter and willfully harming a child.
The California Highway Patrol reported the 2002 GMC was traveling northbound at roughly 60 mph Friday night when Mason allegedly veered off the roadway crashed into a ditch where it overturned after it struck a set of steel beams and then stacks of lumber.
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