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A passenger was killed after a suspected drunk driver crashed her vehicle near the 210 Freeway in San Bernardino on Saturday, June 8, authorities said.

Around 7:40 p.m., the driver of a Mercedes-Benz SUV was heading west on the freeway, traveling toward the Waterman Avenue off-ramp, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Ivan Sandoval. The driver, for reasons still under investigation, failed to negotiate the turn and crashed into a yellow advisory sign before rolling over onto 30th Street.

The passenger, a woman, was ejected.

A handful of bystanders, including Riverside County Sheriff Chad Bianco, aided the two people involved in the crash.

Bianco was on his way home from a wedding in Lake Arrowhead with his wife and was about to turn onto the freeway when he heard what sounded like an explosion.

“It was bad,” he said. “(The victim) was caught underneath the vehicle, definitely not in good shape.”

Many people near the crash pulled out their cellphones and began to film, Bianco said, who then yelled to get more bystanders to help assist with the victims.

“A chaotic traffic scene is nothing new for law enforcement,” he said. “You have to push aside emotions and do everything you can to help in that moment.

My wife was panicked, but there’s something ingrained in my head and my heart that you run toward chaos, not away — never a second thought.”

The bystanders were able to lift the car off of the victim, with Bianco performing CPR until paramedics arrived.

She was taken to a hospital, where she died from her injuries.

The driver, 27-year-old Shaylee Williams of San Bernardino, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol causing great bodily injury.

The California Highway Patrol asked anyone with information regarding the collision to call Officer D. Adams at 909-383-4247.

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