California: Boozing motorcyclist Marcos Valenti faces DUI homicide charges in six-vehicle fatal crash

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CHP West Valley Officers store a vehicle after DUI arrest. 

CHP West Valley officers complete a vehicle storage report after arresting a driver for suspicion of DUI. Even with convenient transportation options like Uber and Lyft, too many people still choose to drive after consuming alcohol. In 2014 there were 1,145 people killed in California in collisions that involved alcohol. That same year, another 23,878 people were injured in California under similar circumstances. The CHP is committed to reducing these numbers. In 2015, the CHP made 64,335 arrests for DUI. This is a serious problem and we want everyone to understand the importance of designating a sober driver or using an alternate means of transportation when you plan on drinking. Be safe out there!

From NBC Los Angeles

A motorcycle rider was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter after allegedly causing a fiery fatal crash Thursday that involved six vehicles on the 101 Freeway in Encino.

A preliminary investigation indicated the motorcyclist ran into the back of a Lexus, throwing a passenger from the bike. The 20-year-old woman, who died at the scene, was then struck by at least one of vehicles.

A Kia Soul crashed into the motorcycle after the rear-end collision, causing the fire.

The crash was reported at 12:45 a.m. near Hayvenhurst Avenue, said California Highway Patrol Officer Tony Polizzi.  The motorcycle rider was hospitalized with what authorities described as moderate injuries. He was identified as 27-year-old Marcos Valenti, of Huntington Park. Authorities said he was arrested, accused of driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter.    MORE