BALDWIN PARK >> New and soon-to-be drivers, along with their parents, are invited to join in a popular, free, two-hour driver safety class being offered by the California Highway Patrol later this month.
The “Start Smart Class” will be held from 6:15 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Sept. 30 at the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office, 14039 Francisquito Ave., according to CHP officer Rodrigo Jimenez said. The program is free, but tends to fill up quickly, so early reservations are encouraged.
“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,” CHP officials said in a written statement.
Photos and pictures indicating the results of bad decision behind the wheel will be shown, and teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A driver license is not required to participate.
“The class is powerful and receives excellent reviews,” according to the statement.
The class generally fills to capacity, Jimenez said.
To reserve a space, or for more information, Officer Jimenez can be reached at 626-338-1164, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
WEST WHITTIER >> A 22-year-old Pico Rivera woman died after the car she was riding in as a passenger collided head-on with another car on Mines Boulevard in West Whittier early Saturday, authorities said.
Cassandra Marie Arango died in the 4:40 a.m. crash at Mines Boulevard and Duchess Drive in the unincorporated county area, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
The driver of the 1995 Honda Civic in which Arango was riding suffered “major” injuries in the crash, CHP Officer Tim Zaspal said in a written statement. He was described as a 24-year-old Whittier man.
A young man and woman riding in the other involved vehicle, a 2015 Dodge Charger, were treated for minor injuries, Zaspal said.
The Honda was westbound on Mines Boulevard and the Dodge was eastbound just prior to the crash.
“The Honda and the Dodge were involved in a head-on collision and came to rest blocking lanes at the intersection of Mines Boulevard and Duchess Drive,” Zaspal said.
It was not yet clear which vehicle crossed over into opposing traffic lanes.
Paramedics pronounced Arango Honda dead at the scene, Zaspal said.
Neither she nor the driver of the Honda were wearing seat belts, he said.
No arrests were made as the investigation continued.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Renteria of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.
SYLMAR >> A solo-vehicle wreck on the 210 Freeway in Sylmar left three people critically injured and prompted the closure of all westbound freeway lanes on Saturday, officials said.
A total of four patients were treated following the 10:50 a.m. crash on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of McClay Street, according to Los Angeles Fire Department and California Highway Patrol officials.
The collision was initially reported to involve multiple vehicles, but was ultimately determined to have involved only one, a Dodge Durango SUV, according to the CHP.
Three patients were taken to hospitals in critical condition, while a fourth suffered injuries described as minor, LAFD spokesman Eric Scott said.
At least one person was thrown from the SUV in the crash, officials said.
Authorities initially shut down all eastbound lanes of the 210 Freeway, CHP Officer Michelle Bond said. The left-hand lane was reopened at 11:38 a.m., and the Sig Alert was cleared entirely about 12:45 p.m.
The collision is being investigated by the CHP’s Newhall-area office.
EL MONTE >> A motorcyclist killed in a freeway crash in El Monte on Friday afternoon has been identified as a 51-year-old West Covina man, officials said Saturday.
Albert Max Escobedo died in the 3:10 p.m. crash on the 10 Freeway, east of Peck Road, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
Escobedo was riding a 2005 Suzuki motorcycle in the westbound lanes of traffic just prior to the crash, according to Officer M. Vargas of the California Highway Patrol’s East Los Angeles area office.
“For reasons still under investigation, the rider lost control of his vehicle and collided into the concrete jersey wall,” Vargas said in a written statement. “The rider was ejected from the motorcycle.
Escobedo was thrown into eastbound traffic lanes, where he was struck by three vehicles, officials said.
Paramedics pronounced Escobedo dead at the scene.
None of the other drivers were hurt in the collision, Vargas said. The crash remained under investigation.
Any witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.
EL MONTE >> A man died after being thrown from his motorcycle into opposing traffic lanes on the 10 Freeway in El Monte Friday afternoon, authorities said.
The crash was first reported about 3:15 p.m. on the westbound 10 Freeway near Santa Anita Avenue, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
The motorcyclist was ejected from the motorcycle, ultimately ending up in the eastbound traffic lanes, officials said.
The collision involved as many as four vehicles, California Highway Patrol Officer Michelle Bond said. The motorcyclist was pronounced dead at the scene.
No further details regarding the circumstances of the fatal collision were immeidately available.
The CHP issued a Sig Alert for the FasTrak toll lanes in both directions of the 10 Freeway as officers investigated the crash.
VALINDA >> A Valinda man died and a Rowland Heights woman suffered injuries in a two-vehicle crash on Valinda Avenue late Wednesday, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The crash was reported shortly after 7 p.m. on Valinda Avenue, south of Maplegrove Street, CHP Officer Michelle Bond of the CHP’s Traffic Management Center said.
A 45-year-old Valinda man was driving a 2004 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck north along Valinda Avenue when his truck veered into opposing traffic and struck a 2009 Toyota Venza being driven by a 35-year-old Rowland Heights woman, according to Sgt. M. Hammond of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office.
“(He) suddenly allowed the Chevrolet Silverado to cross over the solid double-yellow lines and travel into the southbound No. 1 lane,” the sergeant said.
The driver of the Toyota veered to the right but was unable to avoid a collision, she said. The front of the truck struck the driver-side of the Toyota.
Firefighters rushed the truck driver to a hospital but he succumbed to his injuries, officials said. His identity was not available.
The woman at the wheel of the Toyota suffered injuries Hammond described as minor.
Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer C. Jones at the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
AZUSA >> An Azusa man died Saturday afternoon after a pickup truck rear-ended him on the 210 Freeway, triggering a chain-reaction crash, officials said.
Enrique Alvarado-Cervantes, 26, died in the crash, which took place about 1 p.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just west of Vernon Avenue, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Joshua Duran.
He was riding a 2000 Suzuki GSX-R in the fast lane when traffic ahead came to a sudden stop, the officer said in a written statement.
A 71-year-old Alta Loma man was driving directly behind the motorcycle in a 2000 Dodge Ram 2500 pickup truck. A 2000 Ford F-150 pickup truck was driving ahead of the motorcycle, lead by a 2011 Lexus IS 250.
“(The pickup truck driver) was unable to stop his Dodge in time to avoid a collision,” Duran said.
“The Dodge collided into the Suzuki motorcycle and Ford F-150 directly ahead, ejecting Alvarado-Cervantes onto the roadway,” Duran said. “The force of this collision pushed the Ford forward into the rear of the Lexus.”
Paramedics pronounced Alvarado-Cervantes dead at the scene.
The driver of the Dodge pickup that triggered the crash suffered injuries including a broken wrist, Duran said. The Ford driver suffered minor injuries, and the driver of the Lexus was unhurt.
No arrests were made as the investigation continued, officials said.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert for the carpool and three right-hand lanes of the eastbound 210 Freeway through nearly 5 p.m.
Any witnesses to the collision are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
POMONA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a Pomona woman who died in a solo-car crash on a freeway connector road early Friday.
Chelsea Tarin, 23, died at the scene of the 6:30 a.m. crash on the transition road from the southbound 57 Freeway to the eastbound 10 Freeway, on the border between San Dimas and Pomona, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
She was at the wheel of a 1993 Toyota Camry when it went of the left side of the roadway, struck a lamp post, then struck a cement support pillar beneath the 57 Freeway along the right side of the connector road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
Paramedics pronounced Tarin dead at the scene.
An autopsy determined Tarin died as a result of “traumatic injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Smith said.
A fund to benefit Tarin’s family has been set up online at www.gofundme.com/2jjhcak.
Friday’s fatal crash was the second fatality reported on the same transition road in just over a week.
Juan Manuel Machuca Jr., 22, of San Bernardino died on Aug. 4 when his Ford Explorer veered off the side of the road and overturned, according to the CHP.
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LA PUENTE >> Local sheriff’s deputies, police officers and CHP officers will be meeting with the community this week for a “Coffee with a Cop” event in La Puente, officials said.
The informal gathering will be held from 7:30 a.m. to 10 a.m. Tuesday at Starbucks, 1283 N. Hacienda Blvd., organizers said in a written statement.
Deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Industry Station’s La Puente Special Assignment Team will chat with residents, as well as Covina police officers, West Covina police officers and California Highway Patrol officers.
There are no agendas or speeches planned, “just a chance to meet your deputies and officers,” according to the statement.
For more information, contact Deputy Viviana Marez at 626-934-3061.
SAN DIMAS >> A man died Thursday afternoon after losing control of his SUV and crashing on a San Dimas freeway transition road, authorities said.
The man killed in the 4:04 p.m. crash on the southbound 57 Freeway connector road to the eastbound 10 Freeway had not been identified Thursday night, Officer Hammond of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement.
He was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer “at an unsafe speed for roadway conditions” when he veered off the road at as it curved to the left, Hammond said.
“The Ford Explorer then traversed a dirt embankment on the east side of the connector road before striking a concrete jersey wall and overturning back onto the roadway,” he said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert on the connector road through 8 p.m.. Hammond said.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Officer K. Croxford of the CHP’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.