SAN LEANDRO -- The driver of a Jeep that hit speeds of about 100 mph before crashing into another car, killing one passenger, has been arrested, police said Monday.

The man, whose name was not released, was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and DUI causing serious bodily injury to another person, San Leandro Police Lt. Bob McManus said. The man remains hospitalized with multiple injuries.

Police say he was driving a Jeep at unsafe speeds southbound on the 14500 block of Washington Avenue at 2:30 a.m. Sunday when he crashed head-on into a Kia traveling northbound, causing the Kia to later catch fire. Lomina Faumuina, 57, a passenger in the Kia, died at the scene; her husband was taken to a hospital and remained in critical condition Monday.

McManus said police found evidence at the scene that suggests the driver of the Jeep was under the influence, though he would not elaborate, saying the investigation is ongoing. Police expect to meet with prosecutors on Tuesday to discuss the case and the possibility of additional charges, he said.

David DeBolt covers breaking news. Contact him in Richmond at 510-262-2728. Follow him at Twitter.com/daviddebolt.



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