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Deadly DUI Crash on US Highway 101 Left Woman Dead

GILROY, CA (November 10, 2021) – A DUI crash on US Highway 101 claimed the life of Vanessa Arellano early Sunday morning.

The incident happened around 2:50 a.m., on the southbound lanes of Highway 101, south of San Martin Avenue.

According to the investigators, 23-year-old Joseph Feghhi was driving a 2016 Chevy Corvette and rear-ended a 2004 Toyota sedan.

As a result, the two vehicles veered off the roadway and knocked down a fence near the San Martin Airport.

Due to the impact, first responders declared the Toyota driver dead at the scene. The coroner’s office later identified the deceased victim as 26-year-old Vanessa Arellano of Castroville.

Meanwhile, authorities arrested Joseph Feghhi for suspicion of DUI.

Police are asking anyone with information about the fatal incident to contact Officer Stewart at (408) 848-2324.


No words can mend the broken hearts and sorrow felt during this delicate moment. Deepest condolences and sympathies are with the family and friends of Vanessa Arellano.


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