3 Ventura County women killed by alleged DUI driver in Los Angeles

Yasmeen Jobeh (left) and Yvonne Joby (right)
Three women with ties to Ventura County died in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 118 in Granada Hills this month, the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner's Office and Coroner's Office said on Wednesday.
The victims were identified as Yvonne Joby, 18, from Ventura, Yasmeen Jobeh, 23, from Oxnard, and Jennifer Dagher, 20, from Ventura.
The cause of death in all three cases has been postponed pending further investigation, according to the Coroner's Office. Their identities had been kept from the public until they were positively identified this week.
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The crash happened late at night on May 14, a Saturday. California Highway Patrol officers and Los Angeles Fire Department personnel responded to the accident on eastbound Highway 118 near the junction with Interstate 405 after receiving multiple calls at approximately 11:55 p.m.
A 2003 Mercedes-Benz C240 ​​sedan carrying the three women was fully engulfed in flames after it was reportedly hit by a 2013 Mercedes-Benz SL550 convertible, callers said, CHP officials. The sedan was reportedly stopped on impact in the right lane of the transitional road.
The driver of the Mercedes sedan and her two passengers died at the scene.
The man driving the other car, identified as Karen Gharibyan, 63, of Glendale, suffered serious injuries and was taken to Providence Holy Cross Hospital, according to CHP. He has since been arrested on suspicion of murder, CHP official Weston Haver, a spokesman for the agency's West Valley branch, said Wednesday.
Gharibyan was apparently traveling on the eastbound 118 to the northbound junction with the 405 when he turned right across the marked triangular section between the freeways to join the southbound 405, CHP reports said.
Authorities don't know why the driver made the change, but in doing so his car collided with the 2003 Mercedes, which was pulled over for unknown reasons. The collision threw the older car into the noise barrier, where it burst into flames.
According to online court documents, Gharibyan pleaded not guilty to three counts of murder during a arraignment Monday in the San Fernando Courthouse of the Los Angeles County Superior Court. He is scheduled to be expected at 8:30 a.m. June 9 for a preliminary hearing at the Clara Shortridge Folze Criminal Justice Center in downtown Los Angeles.
"I was absolutely shocked," said Josilynn De Martino, a longtime friend of Joby, the day after the accident. "I was really sad."
De Martino and Joby attended Anacapa Middle School in Ventura together. While attending various high schools and graduating in 2021, they kept in touch and texted each other earlier this month.
"She was just absolutely the nicest person I've ever met," De Martino said. "She always made an effort to write and post."
A GoFundMe created by family members indicated that Jobeh and Joby were cousins, both pursuing careers related to mental health.
The campaign says it is raising funds for a scholarship honoring the two women, which will be awarded to two high school seniors pursuing careers related to mental health. As of Wednesday morning, over $18,000 had been raised. The fundraiser can be found at https://www.gofundme.com/f/yasmeen-jobeh-yvonne-joby-memorial.
Jeremy Childs is a breaking news and public safety reporter covering the night shift for the Ventura County Star. He can be reached by phone at 805-437-0208 or by email at jeremy.childs@vcstar.com. You can also find him on Twitter @Jeremy_Childs.
This article originally appeared on Ventura County Star: 3 Ventura County Women Killed by Suspected DUI Driver in Los Angeles

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