BALDWIN PARK >> As part of its ongoing efforts to keep young drivers and the motoring public at-large safe behind the wheel, the California Highway Patrol is hosting a free safe driving class for teens and their parents on Friday, officials said.
Both new and soon-to-be drivers are invited to take part in thetwo-hour “Start Smart Class,” which will be held at 6:16 p.m. Friday at the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office, 14039 Francisquito Ave., CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The class focuses on safe habits, responsible decisions and collision avoidance.
Photos and pictures depicting the results of bad decisions behind the wheel will be displayed, and teens must be accompanied by a parent or guardian. A driver’s license is not required to participate.
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.
GLENDORA >> An elderly Alta Loma man died Thursday morning following an apparently minor three-vehicle crash on the 210 Freeway, authorities said.
The man’s identity was not available pending positive identification and notification of family members, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner officials said. California Highway Patrol officials initially described the victim as a 76-year-old Alta Loma man.
The 10:27 a.m. crash on the westbound 210 Freeway, east of Bonnie Cove Avenue, did not appear to involve violent forces, officials said. It was unclear whether the man may have suffered a medical emergency.
He was at the wheel of a 2003 GMC Envoy when traffic began slowing ahead, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said in a written statement.
A 2003 Dodge Ram being driven by a 69-year-old Claremont man failed to slow in time and rear-ended the GMC, Jimenez said. The impact pushed the GMC forward into the back of a Ford F-150 pickup truck traveling in front of it with a 53-year-old San Dimas man driving.
“The vehicles began to move to the right shoulder after the collisions, when for unknown reasons, the GMC Envoy continued to the right up the dirt embankment,” Jimenez said. “The GMC Envoy then continued back to the left across all traffic lanes and collided with the center divider wall where the vehicle came to rest.”
The driver of the Ford and another good Samaritan found the driver of the GMC unresponsive and performed CPR, officials said. Paramedics soon arrived and took over treatment as they took the man to Foothill Presbyterian Hospital in Glendora, where he was ultimately pronounced dead.
The two other men involved in the crash suffered no injuries, Jimenez said.
The incident remained under investigation. Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.
DIAMOND BAR >> Services have been scheduled for a 33-year-old Baldwin Park man who died last week when the car he was riding in with his wife was rear-ended by a pickup truck on the transition road between the 60 and 57 freeways.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Enrique Fuentes III died at the scene of the collision, which took place just before 5:50 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, where it merges with the 57 Freeway near Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mortuary, 2161 S. Fullerton Road.
A funeral will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the same location, followed immediately by a graveside service.
Fuentes’ mother, Annamarie Fuentes, thanked the community for its compassion over the past difficult week.
“The love and support has been tremendous,” she said. “We as a family appreciate all the kindness and love we have received by all.”
Fuentes’ wife was riding as a passenger in the 2007 Honda Civic when it was struck from behind by a Ford F-150 pickup truck, CHP officials and family members said. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver and passenger of the pickup truck declined medical treatment, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office.
PHOTO: Rodolfo “Rudy” Enrique Fuentes III. (Courtesy)
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Authorities have identified a 25-year-old Hacienda Heights man who was fatally struck by a car while skateboarding on Friday afternoon.
James Andrew Johnson died in the collision, which took place just after 12:10 p.m. in the intersection of Haliburton Road and Hacienda Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Capt. John Kades said.
An autopsy found that Johnson died from “multiple traumatic injuries” and the death was ruled accidental, he said.
Johnson was riding a skateboard west along the south sidewalk of Haliburton Road just prior to the collision, Officer T. Zaspal of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office said in a written statement. A 22-year-old Arcadia woman was driving a 2013 Hyundai Elantra northbound along Hacienda Boulevard.
“The skateboarder entered the intersection and was struck by the Hyundai,” Zaspal said. “The pedestrian and the Hyundai came to rest within the intersection.”
Paramedics pronounced Johnson dead at the scene, officials said. The woman at the wheel of the Hyundai was unhurt.
The cause and circumstances of the collision remain under investigation.
Anyone with information was asked to contact Officer Campbell of the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.
Fund to help Johnson family are being collected online at www.gofundme.com/369nh3s.
PHOTO: James Andrew Johnson, 25, of Hacienda Heights. (Courtesy)
DIAMOND BAR >> A man died early Friday in a crash between a pickup truck and a car on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar, authorities said.
The fatal crash was first reported at 5:48 in the carpool lane of the westbound 60 Freeway, just west of Grand Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver of the car, 33-year-old Rodolfo Enrique Fuentes III, dead at the scene, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
Fuentes’ wife, a woman also in her 30s, was taken to a hospital with apparently minor injuries, authorities said.
The driver of the truck, described by the CHP as a 57-year-old Hesperia man, as well as a 32-year-old man riding as a passenger, suffered minor injuries but declined to be taken to hospitals, officials said.
Coroner’s records indicated the car was rear-ended by the pickup truck at high speed, Winter said.
The 1997 Ford F-150 pickup truck was traveling at about 65 mph when it crashed into the rear of Fuentes’ 2007 Honda Civic, which was traveling ahead at a slower speed, CHP officials said in a written statement.
“The cause of the collision is not yet determined, however, the front of the F-150 collided with the right rear of the Honda,” according to the statement. “The force of the impact caused serious injuries to Mr. (Fuentes).”
The carpool lanes along the westbound 60 Freeway were shut down for about three hours as authorities investigated the scene and cleared the wreckage.
The deadly crash is being investigated by the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office. Anyone with information can reach the office at 626-338-1164.
PASADENA >> A big rig crashed through the center divider of the 210 Freeway in Pasadena and onto the Metro Gold Line tracks early Thursday, prompting lane closures on the freeway and shutting down train service through the area, authorities said.
The crash was first reported at 4:52 a.m. on the eastbound 210 Freeway, just east of San Gabriel Canyon Road, according to California Highway Patrol logs.
The truck collided with a 2012 Nissan Alima, which overturned on the San Gabriel Boulevard onramp, crashed through a center divider K-rail and ended up sitting atop the Metro Gold Line tracks, according to CHP Officer Jonathan Pope
The driver of the big rig was unhurt, officials said. A woman at the wheel of the Altima was treated for apparently minor injuries, including pain to her arm and chest.
The cause and circumstances of the collision remained under investigation.
Officials initially shut down all eastbound lanes for a brief period, officials said. The carpool and two left lanes of the eastbound freeway remained closed through the morning commute, CHP Officer Alex Rubio said.
Train traffic was also shut down between the Lake and Sierra Madre Villa stations as a result of the crash, Metro officials said. Buses were used to transport passengers around the closed route, and passengers were cautioned to expect 15-minute delays.
It was unclear how long it would take to clear the mess.
Once the truck is moved from the tracks, officials will inspect them.
“They believe there might be damage, but the+y’re not going to be 100 percent sure until it’s moved,” Rubio said.
PHOTO courtesy of Caltrans
POMONA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a 38-year-old man who died after being struck by several vehicles while running across the 10 Freeway in Pomona on Thursday night.
Daniel Rodriguez of Bell died at the scene of the collisions, which took place about 11:10 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway, just west of Towne Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Kelly Yagerliner said.
According to witnesses, Rodriguez ran from the center divider into traffic lanes, directly into the path of a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck, according to Officer M. Walters of the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office said in a written statement.
The truck driver was unable to stop in time and struck Rodriguez, Walters said. Several additional vehicles also struck Rodriguez following the initial impact.
An autopsy found that Rodriguez died from “multiple traumatic injuries,” however a mode of death — such as accident or suicide — was yet to be determined, coroner’s officials said.
It was unclear why Rodriguez was on the freeway.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.
POMONA >> A man died after being struck by several vehicles while running across the 10 Freeway in Pomona late Thursday, authorities said.
The incident took place about 11:10 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 10 Freeway, just west of Towne Avenue, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The pedestrian’s identity was yet to be determined Friday afternoon, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. He was listed at the coroner’s office as a “John Doe.”
A 28-year-old San Gabriel man was driving a 1996 Ford Ranger pickup truck at about 70 mph in the No. 2 lane, in light traffic, when he spotted the pedestrian running from the center divider into traffic lanes, Officer M. Walters of the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office said in a written statement.
The driver of the pickup truck braked, but was unable to stop in time to avoid colliding with the pedestrian, the officer said.
“After the collision, the pedestrian was struck by several passing vehicles,” Walter said.
As a result of the fatal collision, all lanes of the westbound 10 Freeway were shut down for about four hours.
The investigation is ongoing. Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.
GARDENA >> The investigation continues into a solo-car crash on a freeway transition road in Gardena early Sunday that left three young men and a young woman dead.
The identities of the four victims of the 3:30 a.m. crash on a winding cloverleaf interchange between the 110 and 91 freeways were not released Sunday pending positive identification and notification of their families, Los Angeles County coroner’s officials said.
California Highway Patrol officials described the driver of the 1991 Ford Probe as an 18-year-old Inglewood man. His passengers were an 18-year-old Compton woman, an 18-year-old man whose hometown was not available and another man whose age and city of residence were unknown.
“According to witnesses, a blue Ford Probe traveling at a high rate of speed, northbound Interstate 110, transition to westbound State Route 91, lost control and struck a support pillar,” Officer D. Howell’s of the CHP’s South Los Angeles-area office said in a written statement.
Paramedics pronounced all four occupants of the car dead at the scene just after 3:45 p.m., he said.
No further details were released. The cause of the crash is being investigated by a CHP Multidisciplinary Accident Investigation Team, which specializes in major collisions.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information can reach the CHP’s South Los Angeles-area office at 310-516-3355.
POMONA >> A 30-year-old man died late Saturday in a motorcycle crash on a transition road between the 60 and 71 freeways in Pomona, authorities said.
Paramedics pronounced Christopher L. Smith of Los Angeles died at the scene of the solo-vehicle crash, which was reported about 10:50 p.m. on the transition road from the westbound 60 Freeway to the northbound 71 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer D. Crislip said in a written statement.
Smith was riding a 2000 Kawasaki Ninja 500 at about 80 mph when he lost control, according to the CHP.
“For unknown reasons, Mr. Smith allowed (the motorcycle) to leave the roadway and its front tire struck the raised asphalt curb,” Crislip said. “Mr. Smith was ejected from (the motorcycle) onto the asphalt roadway, where he succumbed to his injuries.”
Smith was wearing a helmet, officials added.
The cause of the crash remained under investigation. Any witnesses or anyone with information was asked to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at 626-338-1164.