Written by AARON CASTREJON
LOS ANGELES - The 33-year-old motorist killed after a suspected DUI driver crashed into her car last week has been identified.
Debby Shen was named by the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner. An autopsy has yet to be performed, according to public coroner records.
David Busby, 56, was traveling south on the 57 freeway past Arrow Highway in the No. 2 lane just before 10 p.m. June 19. He slammed his 2016 Ford Transit 250 into the stalled 2012 Hyundai Elantra occupied by Shen, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The Elantra was stalled in the No. 1 and 2 lanes when it was hit.
A Sig Alert was issued for the No. 1, 2 and 3 lanes from 10:19 p.m. to 1:16 a.m.
Busby was booked at the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s San Dimas Station and is being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the North County Correctional Facility, according to county booking records.
Busby is scheduled for a July 23 appearance in Pomona Superior Court.
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Written by AARON CASTREJON
REGION - The California Highway Patrol is planning a DUI checkpoint in an unincorporated community near Azusa Friday, March 15.
The checkpoint is scheduled to start at 5:30 p.m. All vehicles will be checked, traffic volume permitting, but the frequency may be reduced to every third or fifth vehicle to assure objectivity, according to CHP Captain Susan Estrem.
Estrem said checkpoints tend to, “reduce the number of drinking drivers on the road, even though arrest totals do not rise dramatically.” A major value of checkpoints is their psychological influence.
“We advise the news media well in advance whenever a checkpoint is planned, since extensive publicity also is viewed as a legal safeguard,” Estrem said.
Funding for this program was provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
Written by AARON CASTREJON | CityWatch Editor
REGION – If you are thinking of drinking and getting behind the wheel, think again.
Law enforcement agencies across the San Gabriel Valley will be out in force, issuing DUI saturation patrols for the St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
POMONA: The Pomona Police DUI Enforcement Team will deploy from Friday, March 16 at 5 p.m. to Saturday, March 17 at 3 a.m. Officers will focus on areas with high frequencies of DUI collisions and arrests. Police will also conduct a Know Your Limit operation on both days in Downtown Pomona and other areas of town from 5 p.m. to 10 p.m.
GLENDORA: DUI saturation patrols will take place Saturday, March 17. Officers will focus their patrols on drivers who exhibit alcohol and/or drug impairment.
PASADENA: Pasadena officers will also conduct DUI saturation patrols from 6 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday.
MONTEBELLO: Additional officers will be deployed from 7 p.m., March 16 to 3 a.m., March 17.
In addition to these patrols, all other police, Sheriff’s stations and the California Highway Patrol will be on heightened alert, looking for DUI drivers.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 252 people lost their lives in drunk driving-related crashes during the St. Patrick’s Day holiday period from 2011-2015. More than a fourth of them were killed in drunk driving crashes that occurred in the early morning, post-party hours (midnight to 5:59 a.m.), Glendora Police said.
These DUI patrols are This enforcement effort is funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.