La Puente woman killed in collision with school bus on Whittier-Pico Rivera border identified

Coroner’s officials Saturday identified a 60-year-old La Puente woman killed in a wrong-way collision involving a school bus.
Orieta Noriega died in the crash, which was reported about 12:50 p.m. Friday on westbound Beverly Boulevard near the 605 Freeway, on the border between Whittier and Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Lt. Larry Dietz said. Though initially described by California Highway Patrol officials as a Los Angeles residents, coroner’s officials listed her city of residence as La Puente.
Her car was on the wrong side of the road when it collided with a 2010 Lexus IS 250 and a school bus carrying 10 students from La Serna High School, CHP Sgt. Joe Zizi said in a written statement.
She was driving a 2009 Toyota Camry east on Beverly Boulevard when, “For reasons still under investigation, (Noriega) allowed her Toyota to veer into westbound lanes, directly in front of the school bus and the Lexus,” Zizi said.
Paramedics pronounced Noriega dead at the scene.
All ten high school students aboard the Pupil Transportation Cooperative bus, as well as the driver — a 46-year-old La Habra woman — were unharmed, officials said.
A 63-year-old Montebello woman who was behind the wheel of the Lexus was treated for minor injuries, Zizi said.
Authorities shut down Beverly Boulevard around the crash scene for about three hours as they investigated the scene.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by officers from the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP.

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