UC Riverside Student Killed by Drunk Driver

    Pauline Samantha Portes, 19, was fatally wounded during a
    freeway collision with a motorist traveling the wrong way on the Costa Mesa
    Freeway on Nov. 30.

    Portes, a UC Riverside junior, was headed back to campus
    from a Newport Beach outing in a blue Toyota pickup truck driven by her
    boyfriend Steven Nguyen, 19, who suffered moderate injuries.

    According to California Highway Patrol Sgt. Lydia Martinez,
    CHP received news of a wrong-way driver on the freeway at 1:21 a.m. Two minutes later, the collision was reported
    when a gray Nissan Altima driven by the suspect collided head-on with the
    pickup.

    The 19-year-old woman driving the Altima was seriously
    injured and taken to a hospital. She was
    arrested for driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to
    CHP Officer Denise Quesada. The suspect’s name was not immediately released.

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