The driver in a fiery El Sobrante collision that killed three passengers was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, according to the California Highway Patrol.
San Pablo resident Justin Gardner was driving a 1971 Chevrolet Camaro that sideswiped another vehicle about 10 p.m. in the 6300 block of San Pablo Dam Road, CHP said. The Camaro caught fire after slamming into a tree, killing three passengers in the vehicle. Gardner, who wasn’t wearing a seat belt, was ejected from the car and suffered major injuries.
The deceased passengers have not yet been identified but were described as a 26-year-old San Pablo man, 23-year-old Richmond woman and 24-year-old San Pablo woman, according to BCN.
Gardner was later arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol, with other charges pending, CHP Officer John Fransen told Bay City News.
The other vehicle’s driver suffered minor injuries.