20-Year-Old Female Driver Killed in El Centro Car Crash on Interstate 8 near Dunaway Road; Driver Arrested

El Centro Car Crash
Update: Joseph Zhou Arrested After Deadly Crash on I-8 in El Centro

El Centro, California (November 23, 2022) – 24-year-old Joseph Zhou was arrested after a crash that left a female driver dead on November 20 in El Centro, according to the California Highway Patrol.

At around 5:56 p.m., Zhou, a San Marcos resident, was driving a Toyota Tacoma westbound on 8 Freeway near Dunaway Road, and a 20-year-old female driver from Rahway, New Jersey, was driving a 2020 Kia Forte eastbound on the freeway near Dunaway Road.

CHP said for unknown reasons, Zhou allowed his car to veer out of the roadway, through the center median, and into the eastbound lanes of the freeway. His Toyota collided head-on with the Kia.

The female driver of the Kia died in the crash. Her name is yet to be released by the medical examiner’s office.

Zhou was airlifted by a Mercy Air helicopter to Desert Regional Medical Center with major injuries. Police arrested him on suspicion of DUI. He faces charges of felony DUI causing injury or death and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.

Original Story

El Centro, California (November 20, 2022) – At least one person died, and another was airlifted to the hospital after a crash that happened Sunday afternoon in El Centro, the California Highway Patrol said.

The deadly collision took place at about 5:56 p.m. on the eastbound 8 Freeway, just west of Mile Marker 20.

A white Kia Forte and a white Toyota Tacoma were involved in the accident. One of the cars reportedly moved from the westbound side into the eastbound side, causing the collision.

One of the cars overturned, trapping two people.

CHP said one person died in the collision. Firefighters also requested an air ambulance to transport at least one person to the hospital. The helicopter responded to the scene and airlifted the patient to the hospital in an unknown condition.

Another person was transported to the hospital with minor injuries. That person was arrested for an unknown traffic violation.

The Animal Control Unit was requested to respond and take a dog involved in the accident.

CHP is investigating the collision.

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