Halloween fatality

SOUTH EL MONTE — While officials at many law enforcement agencies throughout the region reported a surprisingly slow day on Halloween, one woman lost her life in the San Gabriel Valley on Halloween.

A 26-year-old Los Angeles woman was killed in a two-car crash on Halloween officials believe may have been alcohol-related.

The crash occurred about 11:30 p.m. at the intersection of Santa Anita and Elliot avenues, officials said.

The woman, identified as Nellyda Beltran-Cruz, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The driver of the other vehicle, a 25-year-old El Monte man, remained hospitalized in critical condition Saturday, officials said.

Officials believe alcohol may have been a factor on the part of the man, but the investigation is ongoing.


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