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Suspected Drunk Driver arrested in Fatal 101 Freeway Crash

On Sunday, a crash was caused by a suspected driver driving under the influence in which a man died who had gotten out of his disabled car on the Ventura 101 Freeway. 24-year-old Alfredo Abraham Alvara was the victim and he was pronounced dead at the scene.

The accident occurred at 4:15 a.m. After the crash, the traffic jammed on Ventura (101) Freeway in Encino. According to the California Highway Patrol, a man got out of his disabled gray Scion when a suspected drunken driver in a white Toyota 4Runner struck him in the slow lane of the 101 near the Balboa Boulevard off-ramp.

A spokesman with the California Highway Patrol, Officer Leland Tang, said that there were 2 female passengers seated in the Scion. They both were transported to the hospital. 1 of the 2 females is in critical condition and the other suffered minor injuries in the accident. There was also a female passenger riding in the 4Runner who suffered non-life threatening injuries.

Police identified the driver of the 4Runner as 31-year-old Robert Graves. Officials said that Graves was locked up in a Los Angeles jail.

For investigation of the incident, police blocked one of the westbound freeway lanes and the off-ramp at Balboa. Crews cleared the debris from the road.

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Aaron Bortel is a Lawyer in the San Francisco Bay Area. He’s been a Criminal Defense attorney for over 25 years whose practice is dedicated exclusively to DUI law. He has offices in Marin County and San Francisco and defends his clients in all Bay Area Courts and at DMV.