Two struck, killed, while changing tire along 605 Freeway in Irwindale

IRWINDALE — Two men died on the 605 Freeway Saturday after they were struck by a car while helping one of their sons change a tire, authorities said.
Pedro Pedroza, 43, of Azusa and Ricardo Beltran, 49, of West Covina, died in the crash, California Highway Patrol and coroner’s officials said.
The crash was reported at 11:13 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, just south of Arrow Highway, CHP Officer Monica Posada said.
The men had just finished changing a tire and were putting away their tools when they were struck by a Ford Taurus, CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes said.
The driver of the Taurus lost control and struck the men while trying to avoid a collision with a tan sedan, he said.
Following the initial impact, the Taurus veered back into traffic lanes and collided with another car, Stormes said.
Besides the two men who were fatally hurt, no injuries were reported.
Pedroza died at the scene, officials said, while Beltran was rushed to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and pronounced dead in the emergency room.
The men drove to the scene to help one of their sons change a tire, CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes said.
No arrests or citations were made Saturday, and nothing criminal was initially suspected, he added.
CHP officers issued a Sig-Alert for the two right lanes of the freeway until just before 2 p.m., Posada said.
The crash was being investigated by the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.

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