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Four killed in wrong-way crash in Tulare County; woman arrested

A woman suspected of driving drunk in the wrong lane of a Tulare County highway has been arrested after crashing head-on and killing four people early Sunday morning, the California Highway Patrol said.

Jasmin Paramo, 24, was driving an Infinity SUV north in the southbound lane of Highway 65 in Strathmore just after 2 a.m., said CHP Officer Marc McWilliams.

Also in the southbound lane were two Harley Davidson motorcycles — one carrying a 49-year-old male driver and a 41-year-old female passenger, and the other carrying a 42-year-old male driver and his 40-year-old female passenger. Identities were withheld pending notification of family.

Paramo’s SUV struck both motorcycles head-on just north of Avenue 196, McWilliams said, ejecting and killing all four riders.

Paramo was airlifted to Kaweah Delta Medical Center, but released later in the morning and booked into the Tulare County Pre-Trial Facility.

Her charges include vehicular manslaughter, driving with a suspended or revoked license and DUI with .20 blood alcohol level causing injury, according to jail records. She is being held on $100,000 bail.

Ashleigh Panoo: 559-441-6010, @AshleighPanoo
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