Rash of DUI-involved deaths leaves communities stunned

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In the past nine months, six people have been killed in area car collisions involving drivers that law enforcement officials have said were under the influence of alcohol or drugs. Those numbers are significant for a region as small as southwest Riverside County and were amplified recently when a Murrieta girl and woman were killed in separate crashes last week in Temecula within the span of four days. The public’s reaction to the loss of life has been anger and compassion, and for good reason, but it has also opened a dialogue involving residents, public officials and law enforcement officials about the issue of driving under the influence. The deaths of Lily Kelly Harrison, 15, and Janet Genao, 44, of Murrieta and the injuries sustained by other people involved in the two crashes, h
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