Just a few days after celebrating her 18th birthday with family and friends, Bermuda Dunes resident Briauna Ramirez was tragically killed in an accident caused by a suspected drunk driver.
According to authorities, the accident occurred at approximately 3 a.m. on Saturday, October 24th. Ramirez was riding in the front seat with friends on the 105 freeway when a 1999 Honda slammed into their car head-on.
Sadly, Ramirez did not survive the impact of the crash. Emergency personnel pronounced her dead at the scene of the crime. The other passengers also suffered serious injuries, but fortunately they stabilized once they received treatment at a nearby hospital. For the time being, the authorities have withheld the passengers’ identities upon further investigation.
California Highway Patrol identified the driver of the 1999 Honda as a 24-year-old resident of West Covina. Authorities transported him to St. Francis Medical Center to receive medical attention for his moderate injuries. After the completion of his treatment, authorities arrested him on suspicion of drunk driving. He likely faces a few of the harshest DUI penalties someone can receive – a felony DUI and vehicular manslaughter.
Ramirez’s close friends set up a GoFundMe account in an effort to help her family during their time of bereavement. Her friends told reporters that “she’s a force in all aspects, she excelled in everything she did and her heart shined through.” Briauna Ramirez will be remembered as a kind-hearted inspiring individual.