San Jose Woman, 19, Killed; Richard Quihuis Jr. Arrested for DUI Crash on Highway 1
SANTA CRUZ, Calif. (April 15, 2021) – A Santa Cruz DUI crash left a 19-year-old San Jose woman fatally injured Wednesday on Highway 1.
The fatal Santa Cruz crash happened about 1:47 a.m., on April 14, near the Morrissey Boulevard off ramp, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Richard Quihuis Jr., 19, of San Jose, was driving a 2004 Toyota Camry with four passengers ages 19 to 20 years old.
Meanwhile, the crash ended a pursuit with CHP officers that began near Dimeo Lane. Police spotted the speeding car and attempted to stop the driver, but instead he drove off before attempting to exit at Morrissey Boulevard. The vehicle struck a concrete curb and then a metal guardrail before it caught on fire.
Suspected DUI, Hit-and-run Driver Arrested after Santa Cruz Crash
The teenager female passenger suffered fatal injuries in the crash. A 17-year-old girl in the front seat survived with minor injuries, but a 20-year-old man and the teen who died were trapped in the back seat. The man suffered minor injuries in the collision.
Richard Quihuis Jr. attempted to flee the scene on foot, but was apprehended by police and taken to Dominican Hospital for treatment of minor injuries.
Later, he was booked on felony DUI charges, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, felony hit-and-run and felony evading police.
The young man was transported to Santa Cruz County Jail where he is being held in lieu of $150,000.
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