Berkeley woman injured after flipping car in presumed DUI crash

Overturned car at Benvenue and Russell. Photo: James Donnelley

A 55-year-old Berkeley woman was taken to the hospital Saturday night after overturning her vehicle in the Elmwood neighborhood in what police believe was a DUI crash, authorities report.

Berkeley Police Lt. Kevin Reece said only the driver was injured in the crash. She was taken to regional trauma center Highland Hospital in Oakland for treatment.

Police were called Saturday at about 9:45 p.m. when the woman struck a retaining wall and a parked vehicle at Benvenue Avenue and Russell Street, Reece said.

Based on the preliminary investigation, police believe alcohol was a factor in the crash, according to Reece.


No further information was immediately available.

Overturned car at Benvenue and Russell. Photo: James Donnelley
Overturned car at Benvenue and Russell. Photo: James Donnelley

Update, Feb. 20: Witnesses who saw the incident reported seeing the car driving at speed and running a stop sign before hitting the retaining wall of a house on the northeast corner of Benvenue and Russell. A few of the boulders from the wall came loose creating a ramp which caused the car to flip over, they said. There were people in the area, including a man who was walking his dog and was near where the collision happened. The witnesses, who asked not to be named, said the man “was almost hit.”