An Irvine woman died after a driver suspected of being intoxicated slammed
into the Uber car that picked her up at a bar early Tuesday morning. Julia
Gardner, 29, had just left The Huddle bar with a man around 1:35 a.m.
The pair got into the back seat of a Ford Escape they'd hailed through
the Uber ride-sharing service, and as the SUV crossed Baker Street, a
BMW smashed into its driver's side.
Paramedics took both of the Ford's passengers to a trauma center in
Santa Ana to be treated for their injuries. Gardner later died from complications
related to chest trauma. She was seated on the side of the car that the
BMW struck. Costa Mesa police say they arrested the BMW's driver on
suspicion of felony DUI.
Gross Vehicular Manslaughter while intoxicated is punishable under California
law by up to 10 years in state prison.