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Russell Longworth Arrested DUI Crash Hollister Highway 156

Russell Longworth Arrested DUI Crash Hollister Highway 156

Officer Florencio Lopez, 42, Killed in Head-On Crash on Highway 156

HOLLISTER (March 3, 2020) – Authorities detained the alleged DUI driver in a crash that killed a probation officer along Highway 156 on Monday.

California Highway Patrol determined that Russell D. Longworth, 26, was under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs when the March 2 accident occurred.

Officers said Longworth was driving a 2006 Toyota Tacoma west on Highway 156 when he allegedly crossed the double-yellow lines.

According to reports by San Benito Live and KION News, the Modesto man then entered the eastbound lane and slammed head-on into a 2010 Volkswagen Jetta.

Suspected DUI Driver ID’d as Russell Longworth, 26

The operator of the Volkswagen died as a result of the collision. San Benito County Coroner’s Office identified the deceased victim as Monterey County Probation Officer Florencio P. Lopez, 41, of Los Banos.

Meanwhile, CHP affirmed that Longworth was taken to Natividad Medical Center in Salinas with major injuries. The fatal wreck occurred at around 3:05 p.m., just east of San Felipe Road.

Officers later arrested Longworth on suspicion of DUI. He will be booked into the San Benito County Jail after being medically released.

The tragic incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information can call the authorities at at (408) 848-2324.


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