Two arrested after fatal crash on U.S. 101

Two people have been arrested in connection with a fatal crash that took place on southbound U.S. Highway 101 in San Francisco this morning, California Highway Patrol Officer Shawn Chase said.

Zhang Bailan, a 37-year-old San Franciscan, has been arrested for driving under the influence and vehicular manslaughter after he allegedly crashed his car into two vehicles parked on the right side of the freeway, Chase said. His passenger, 37-year-old Elizabeth Lam of San Francisco, has been arrested for allegedly giving false information to a police officer. Lam allegedly claimed officers who responded to the accident that she was driving at the time of the crash.

Bailan was driving a 2002 Toyota Highlander south on Highway 101 when he crashed into two vehicles near the Third Street exit around 12:30 a.m., Chase said. William Lemus, a 23-year-old from El Sobrante, was killed in the accident and his friend Rodolfo Armenpa, 25, was sent to San Francisco General Hospital with moderate injuries.

Lemus and Armenpa were on the side of the freeway attempting to fix a flat tire on Lemus' 2000 Plymouth Neon, Chase said. When Lemus got a flat tire he called Armenpa, who drove to the scene to help his friend.

Bailan allegedlystruck both when he veered from the No. 4 lane to the shoulder.

The crash blocked three of the four lanes on the highway for about two and a half hours, CHP Officer Marc Johnston said.

— Bay City News

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