DUI Driver Arrested For Killing Benita Heyden and Tina Slatten In Canyon Lake Car Crash

The Riverside police authorities have arrested a DUI driver who was in a multi-vehicle crash that killed two women on Railroad Canyon Road, Canyon Lake, California two months ago. The driver was arrested on Thursday, March 5, on charges of second-degree murder, DUI, causing bodily injuries, among others.

Reports by the Riverside County Sheriff’s Department alleged that the suspected drunk driver hit the wheels while intoxicated on January 24. His negligence led to the death of two other drivers along Railroad Canyon Road.

In a statement, the Sheriff’s office divulged that the driver, identified as Jose Luis Sepulveda, was driving east on the Canyon Lake road when he struck the rear of a vehicle in front of him travelling in the same direction.

The impact caused the vehicle to go over the center divider and collide head-on into another car westbound on Railroad Canyon, west of Goetz Road. The occupants of the two other vehicles involved in the accident sustained multiple fatal injuries.

Paramedics accompanying the Riverside County Fire Department declared one of the victims, Benita Heyden, 57, dead on their arrival. The second affected motorist, Tina Slatten, 58, was taken to Riverside University Health Systems Medical center, where she succumbed to her injuries shortly after.

Following his arrest, Jose, also from Lake Elsinore, was detained at the Robert Presley Detention Center with a bail term of $2 million.

Police continue to investigate the fatal incident and have requested eyewitnesses with useful information to report at the County’s sheriff office.

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