Glendora man killed in motorcycle crash in forest north of Azusa


ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> A Glendora man died in a crash early Sunday after a car made an abrupt left turn in front of his motorcycle along San Gabriel Canyon Road in the forest north of Azusa, officials said.
Coroner’s officials did not release the identity of the motorcyclist on Sunday pending positive identification and notification of his family. He was described by California Highway Patrol officials as 46 years old.
The crash was first reported about 6:15 a.m. near mile marker 27.19 of the winding mountain road, near the Morris Reservoir, California Highway Patrol Officer C. Strautman said in a written statement.
The motorcyclist was heading north on a 2005 Ducati 999 when a southbound 2000 Honda Civic made “an unsafe left turn into an offroad parking lot, in the direct path of the Ducati 999,” Strautman said. “The front of the Ducati 999 collided into the right side of the Honda Civic.
Paramedics took the injured rider to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center in Los Angeles, where he succumbed to his injuries, officials said.
The driver of the Honda, a 40-year-old Montebello man, was unhurt, Strautman added.
No arrests were made as the investigation continued, Strautman said. Drugs or alcohol were not suspected to have played a role in the deadly crash.
Any witnesses are urged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.

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UPDATED: Bloomington man fatally struck by car while helping stranded motorist on 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar


DIAMOND BAR >> A Bloomington man who stopped on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar to help a disabled motorist died after being struck by another car early Sunday, authorities and his brother said.
Timothy Joseph Rios, 23, died in the crash, which took place about 2:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway at Diamond Bar Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said. He was described by California Highway Patrol officials as a Bloomington resident.
CHP logs indicated one or two vehicles were first reported disabled in the carpool and fast lanes at 2:38 a.m. A secondary collision was reported four minutes later.
A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stalled in the fast lane following a minor collision just prior to the fatal crash, CHP Officer J. Chumacero said in a written statement.
Rios was standing in the fast lane, officials said. It was not clear whether he had been a passenger in the pickup truck or another vehicle.
A 2007 Honda Civic being driven by a 49-year-old Covina man then approached the crash scene, according to Chumacero.
“Due to (the Honda Driver) driving his Honda Civic at an unsafe speed for changing traffic conditions, the front of the Honda Civic collided into the rear of the Chevrolet Silverado,” Chumacero said.
“The Honda Civic continued traveling out-of-control in a westerly direction, causing the front of the Honda Civic to collide into Rios,” he said.
Paramedics pronounce Rios dead at the scene.
Rios worked as a security guard and was working toward becoming a corrections officer, his younger brother, Michael Estrada, said. Rios had just gotten married earlier this year.
Estrada said his brother had spotted the Chevy Silverado pickup truck while driving in his patrol car, and stopped to help the woman at the wheel of the disabled truck when he was struck.
The driver of the Honda Civic was not arrested, according to the CHP.
Officers arrested the driver of the Silverado, described as a 28-year-old Anaheim woman, who Rios initially stopped to help, according to officials and Estrada. But it was not clear Saturday exactly what crime the driver was suspected of.
But county booking records indicated the arrested driver was booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor offense and released on $5,000 bail late Saturday morning.
Estrada said helping a stranded motorist was consistent with Rios’ charitable personality.
“That’s him. He just wanted to help,” the brother said. “He was really selfless, easy to get along with, adventurous.”
Rios is survived by his wife, his brother, three sisters and his mother, Estrada said.
The crash is being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office. No further information was available Saturday afternoon.
Fund to help Rios’ family are being collected online at www.paypal.me/melissavrios.

PHOTOS: Timothy Joseph Rios (Courtesy)

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Lawndale woman, Riverside man killed in 210 Freeway crash in Glendora identified


GLENDORA >> Authorities have identified a young Lawndale woman and an elderly Riverside man killed when the car they were riding as passengers in was rear-ended on the 210 Freeway in Glendora on Saturday afternoon.
Luisa Gonzalez, 19, of Lawndale and Edgar Ramirez, 76, of Riverside were killed in the three-vehicle wreck, which took place just before 4 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway. just west of Sunflower Avenue, according to Officer O. Zayas of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park-area office. The relationship between the victims was unclear.
Both were passengers in a 2005 Honda Civic being driven by a 23-year-old Riverside man that ended up smashed between a 2009 Ford F-250 pickup truck and a 2017 Honda Accord, CHP officials said.
The driver of the Accord, described as a 46-year-old Winnetka woman, was driving ahead of the other vehicles and applied her brakes due to slowing traffic ahead, Zayas said in a written statement.
The Civic struck the rear of the Accord, and the pickup truck struck the rear of the Civic.
Paramedics pronounced Gonzalez and Ramirez dead at the scene.
The driver of the Civic was treated for apparently minor injuries, Zayas said. The drivers of the Accord and the F-250 were not injured.
The collision remains under investigation, however, DUI was not initially suspected to be a factor, Zayas said. No arrests were made.

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Man, woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on the 210 Freeway in Glendora


GLENDORA >> A man and woman died in a multi-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Glendora on Saturday afternoon, authorities said.
The deadly crash was reported just before 4 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway at Sunflower Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
Witnesses initially reported the crash involved at least three vehicle, with one of them seemingly crushed between the other two, according to CHP logs.
Paramedics pronounced a woman in her 20s and a man in his 70s dead at the scene, Rubio said.
The two right-hand lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway, as well as the Sunflower Avenue offramp, were closed Saturday afternoon as the investigation continued.
No further details, including whether additional injuries were reported, were available.
The investigation is being handled by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office.

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CHP hosts teen driver safety class in Baldwin Park


BALDWIN PARK >> Young drivers and their parents are invited to take part in a free driving safety class hosted by the California Highway Patrol on next week.
The Start Smart class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Friday at the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office, 14039 Francisquito Ave., CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The class focuses on illustrating how bad decisions behind the wheels of a car can impact lives.
It’s intended for new or soon-to-be drivers between 15 and 19 years old.
Video and photos will be shown to illustrate the tragic consequences of poor decisions behind the wheel of a car. Parents or guardians must attend with students.
Collision avoidance techniques, the importance of wearing a seat belt, speeding and avoiding DUI are among topics to be discussed.
Space is limited, and those interested are urged to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a spot by contacting Officer Jimenez at 626-338-1164, or via email at rjimenez@chp.ca.gov.

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CHP: Truck driver accidentally run over, killed by own big rig along 60 Freeway in Montebello


MONTEBELLO >> A 70-year-old truck driver died early Friday after a tow truck driver accidentally ran him over with his own big rig while assisting the trucker with a mechanical problem along the 60 Freeway in Montebello early Friday, authorities said.
Stephen Robert Lamb, 70, of Moreno Valley died at the scene of the incident, which took place just before 1 a.m. alongside the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just east of Findley Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. An autopsy is pending.
He had been at the wheel of a big rig which had experienced brake problems and was being towed by a 2014 Peterbuilt heavy duty tow truck, CHP Officer I. Villareal said in a written statement.
“Both the tow truck driver and the driver of the vehicle being towed exited the tow truck to check on the problem,” he said.
The tow truck driver tried to fix the issue, then got back into the tow truck to move it forward and check that the problem had been corrected, according to the officer.
“For unknown reasons, (Lamb) crawled under the rear axle of the vehicle in tow, without advising (the two truck driver),” Villareal said. “ As a result, (Lamb) was struck by the rear wheels of the vehicle in tow and was pronounced deceased on scene.”
The tow truck driver, described as a 53-year-old Los Angeles man, was unhurt, officials said. DUI was not suspected to be a factor in the apparent accident.
The big rig being towed had been hauling a loaded nitrogen tank, CHP Officer Siara Lund said.
Any witnesses are urged to contact the CHP’s East Los Angeles-area office at 323-980-4600.

— Brian Day and Ruby Gonzales

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Attempted carjacking suspect fatally struck by car on 605 Freeway identified


Coroner’s officials have identified a La Puente man who was fatally struck by a car on the 605 Freeway in Irwindale minutes after allegedly trying to carjack a driver in El Monte on Tuesday.
Louis Marcus Martinez, 27, died after he was struck by a car about 10:10 p.m. in the southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway, just north of Ramona Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Chief of Operations Brian Elias said. An autopsy was yet to be completed.
The bizarre series of events began about 9:45 p.m. when El Monte police received a report of an attempted carjacking in the 4000 block of Gilman Road, according to El Monte police Lt. Pete Rasic.
A woman was entering her car when a man, later identified as Martinez, tried to force his way into her vehicle and grab her keys, police said.
The woman managed to push the would-be carjacker away, lock her car doors and drive away, Rasic said. The suspect left behind personal items including a photo ID.
Police received a second report of the same man grabbing onto a van and hanging onto to briefly it as it drove away in the area of Gilman Road and Ramona Boulevard in El Monte, officials said.
The man was not found, but turned up minutes later, walking in traffic lanes of the 605 Freeway along the border between Baldwin Park and Irwindale.
A car traveling about 70 mph in the No. 2 lane struck Martinez, who was pronounced dead at the scene, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez. He was soon linked to the prior attempted carjacking in El Monte.
It was unclear why Martinez ended up walking on the freeway.

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Woman fatally struck by SUV alongside 605 Freeway in Norwalk


NORWALK >> A 71-year-old pedestrian died after an SUV veered off the side of the 605 Freeway in Norwalk and struck her as she sat on a dirt median on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
Pauline M. Widuschek died in the 4:22 p.m. crash along the southbound 605 Freeway at Firestone Boulevard, Officer J. Farner of the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs area office said in a written statement.
A 62-year-old Lynwood man was traveling south in the right-hand lane, at an unknown speed, when his 1998 Toyota 4-Runner veered toward the right side of the roadway, the officer said.
The 4-Runner went over an asphalt berm along the right shoulder, then struck a tree before striking Widuschek, who was sitting on a dirt median separating 605 Freeway traffic lanes from the Firestone Boulevard offramp, according to Farner. The woman died at the scene.
The SUV continued until it plowed through a chain-link fence at the bottom of the Firestone Boulevard offramp, then collided with a 1999 GMC Yukon heading west on Firestone Boulevard, Farner said.
The driver of the 4-Runner was treated for injuries described as “moderate,” Farner said. A Lynwood woman who was at the wheel of the Yukon was unhurt.
No arrests had been made as the investigation continued.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.

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Maywood man killed in crash following tire blowout on 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights


HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A Maywood man died in pickup truck crash early Saturday after one of the truck’s tired blew out on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, officials said.
Officials withheld the identity of the victim pending notification of family, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said. California Highway Patrol officials described him as a 49-year-old Maywood man.
The crash took place at 5:10 p.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Hacienda Boulevard, CHP Officer M. Iniguez said in a written statement.
The 1995 Ford Ranger was traveling in the carpool, No. 1 or No. 2 lanes when a tire blew out, according to the officer.
“As the Ford Ranger was approaching Hacienda Boulevard, the left rear tire tread separated from the tire,” Iniguez said. “The driver reacted in such a way as cause the Ford Ranger to overturn onto its roof on the right shoulder.”
The upside-down pickup truck slid on its roof across the shoulder and ended up striking a metal guardrail lining the Hacienda Boulevard onramp to the eastbound 60 Freeway.
The driver and lone occupant of the truck died from his injuries, Iniguez said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Iniguez at the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.

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CHP hosts teen driver safety class in Baldwin Park

BALDWIN PARK >> Young drivers and their parents are once again invited to join in a free driving safety class hosted by the California Highway Patrol this Friday.
The Start Smart class will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. at the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office, 14039 Francisquito Ave., according to CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
“The primary objective of this program is to provide teens between the ages of 15 and 19 with an interactive safe driving awareness class to illustrate how poor choices behind the wheel can tragically impact many lives,” the officer said.
“Topics that will be covered include collision avoidance techniques, the importance of wearing a seat belt, keeping vehicle speeds down and not driving impaired and/or distracted.”
Video and photos will be shown to illustrate the tragic consequences of poor decision behind the wheel of a car. Parents or guardians must attend with students.
Space is limited, and those interested are urged to RSVP as soon as possible to reserve a spot by contacting Officer Jimenez at 626-338-1164, or via email at rjimenez@chp.ca.gov.

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