Pasadena man suspected of DUI in 110 Freeway crash that killed infant in Elysian Park


LOS ANGELES >> A Pasadena man is accused of drunken driving in connection with a crash that killed a 4-month-old girl and injured a 10-year-old boy and a woman on the 110 Freeway in Elysian Park late Saturday, officials said.
Jared Silvestri, 26, was under the influence of alcohol during the 6:37 p.m. crash on the northbound 110 Freeway, just south of the 5 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer K. Herrera said in a written statement.
He was at the wheel of a 2001 Chevrolet when it slammed into the rear of a 2006 Chrysler that was slowing and pulling over to the right shoulder, officials said.
A 48-year-old La Crescenta woman, a 4-month-old Carson girl and a 10-year-old La Crescenta boy inside the Chrysler were all hospitalized with injuries, CHP Officer Stefan Brandt said.
The infant girl, who was initially listed in critical condition, was in cardiac arrest while rushed to the hospital, where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries, Brandt said.
The woman driving the Chrysler and the boy riding as a passenger suffered injuries describes as “moderate,” Herrera said.
The Chrysler had pulled halfway on to the right shoulder when it was struck from behind by Silvestri’s car ‘at a high rate of speed,” according to Herrera.
Following the initial impact, both vehicles careened out-of-control and struck another 2001 Chevrolet before coming to a rest, officials said. The driver of the third vehicle was not hurt.
“(Silvestri) was determined to be under the influence of an alcoholic beverage, and the proximate cause of this collisions, and was subsequently arrested,” Herrera said.
The suspect was treated for minor injuries before being booked into jail, officials said.
Following the death of the child, Silvestri may see a pending charge of DUI causing injury upgraded to a more serious crime, such as vehicular manslaughter.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, Silvestri was being held in lieu of $2 million bail at the Los Angeles Police Department’s 77th Street Division pending his initial court appearance.

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Pedestrian killed in Monterey Park freeway hit-and-run identified


MONTEREY PARK >> Coroner’s officials have identified man who died after being struck by a hit-and-run vehicle while walking in traffic lanes of the 60 Freeway in Monterey park on Wednesday.
Kevin Smalls, 49, who is believed to have been homeless, died after he was struck by an unidentified vehicle shortly before 11 p.m. Wednesday on the westbound 60 Freeway, just west of Pomona Boulevard, according to Los Angeles coroner’s and California Highway Patrol officials.
Smalls had been walking on the center divider before stepping into traffic lanes for unknown reasons, CHP Officer I. Villareal said in a written statement.
A vehicle struck him, but fled the scene without stopping to help, officials said. No description of the hit-and-run vehicle was available.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.

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Man walking on 60 Freeway in Monterey Park struck, killed by hit-and-run driver


MONTEREY PARK >> A man walking in traffic lanes died after he was struck by a vehicle, which fled the scene, on the 60 Freeway in Monterey Park late Wednesday, authorities said.
The pedestrian was yet to be identified Thursday.
The fatal collision took place about 10:55 p.m. in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just west of Pomona Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer I. Villareal said in a written statement.
Prior to the incident, callers reported a man was walking on the center divider of the freeway, then walking in traffic lanes, according to CHP logs. One driver reported having to swerve to miss the man.
“For unknown reasons, (the man) entered the traffic lanes and was struck by an unidentified vehicle,” Villareal said.
The vehicle continued driving, heading west on the 60 Freeway, according to the officer. No description was available.
It was unclear why the man was on the freeway on foot, officials said. There were no signs of a vehicle in the area associated with the man.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.

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Man dies after being struck by two cars along Whittier Boulevard


WHITTIER >> A man died after he was struck by two cars while crossing Whittier Boulevard at the east end of the city late Saturday, officials said.
The man, estimated to be 60 years old and believed to be homeless, died following the collisions, which were reported about 8:25 p.m. along Whittier Boulevard, just west of Valley Home Avenue, Los Angeles County Department of Medical-Examiner Coroner Investigator Anthony Lopez said.
The initial investigation indicated the man was walking south across the boulevard, not within a crosswalk, when he was struck by a westbound Buick Sentry sedan, according to Whittier police Lt. Bryan Ellis.
Following the initial impact, the pedestrian was struck by a Mitsubishi Outlander SUV, the lieutenant said.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene.
The drivers of both vehicle remained at the scene and cooperated with police, Ellis said. No arrests were made as the investigation continued.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information can reach Whittier police at 562-567-9200.

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UPDATED: San Bernardino man killed in 605 Freeway crash in Bassett


A San Bernardino man died after his van struck the back of a parked big rig along the 605 Freeway in Bassett early Sunday morning, authorities said.
The identity of the man, 32, was not released pending notification of his family, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
The crash was reported about 5:45 a.m. in the southbound lanes of the 605 Freeway at the Valley Boulevard offramp in the unincorporated county area just outside of Industry, according to CHP logs.
The San Bernardino man was driving a 2010 Chevrolet Express Van in the right-hand lane at an unknown speed just prior to the crash, Officer D. Parsons of the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office said in a written statement.
“For unknown reasons, the Chevrolet veered towards a gore point to the right where a tractor trailer was parked within the gore point,” Parsons said. “The Chevrolet subsequently struck the left rear of the trailer.”
The driver of the van ended up trapped in the wreckage and was pronounced dead at the scene, CHP logs show.
Officials issued a Sig Alert that effected the two right-hand lanes of the southbound 605 Freeway for more than four-and-a-half hours as a result of the crash.
Anyone with information can reach the CHP’s East Los Angeles area office at 323-980-4600.

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4 killed, 4 hurt in hit-and-run crash on 60 Freeway in Pomona


POMONA >> Four people died and four other were hurt in a hit-and-run collision on the 60 Freeway in Pomona early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The crash took place about 5 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Reservoir Street, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The eight victims, four men and four women between 21 and 49 years old, were all riding in a 2003 Ford Explorer and on their way home after a night out at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights when the crash occurred.
All four of those killed were passengers, and all were residents of Lake Elisnore, officials said.
They were identified as Elba Rosales, 26; Luis Herrera, 29; Noemi Herrera, 21; and Gerardo Herrera, 49, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Acting Lt. B. Kim said. The relationship between the victims was not available.
The four survivors, two men and two women, were hospitalized with injuries ranging from moderate to major, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The Explorer, which was only configured to seat seven people, was traveling in the No. 2 lane at 65 to 75 miles per hour when a newer-model white vehicle struck the left side of the SUV, according to CHP Officer S. Sullinger.
(The Explorer driver) immediately lost control of her vehicle as it veered sharply to the right,” Sullinger said. “(The Explorer) subsequently overturned within the No. 4 lane and on the right shoulder area.
“The vehicle continued to overturn multiple times down a dirt embankment, across the Reservoir Street offramp, down a second dirt embankment, and finally came to rest against the chain-link perimeter fence,” Sullinger said.
Four victims were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Six of the eight people inside the Explorer were thrown from the SUV, he said.
Investigators found damage, and possible paint transfer, on the left side of the SUV that appeared consistent with the account of the driver, a 25-year-old Lake Elisnore woman, Jimenez said.
A detailed description of the hit-and-run car was not available, Jimenez said.
Of the four people who died, only one was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
The victims had just spend the evening at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Night and stopped for dinner before the crash occurred as they were on their way home, Jimenez said.
There was no indication the crash involved alcohol or drugs, officials said.
The fatal crash resulted in a Sig Alert that affected the freeway and nearby connector roads through Saturday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.

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CHP to host ‘Start Smart’ driver safety class for teens in Baldwin Park

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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 rjimenes@chp.ca.gov.

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Pico Rivera woman killed in West Whittier head-on crash


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.

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UPDATED: Three critically injured in wreck on 210 Freeway in Sylmar


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.

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Officials identify West Covina man killed in El Monte motorcycle crash


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.

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