HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A 21-year-old Covina man died early Saturday when he was struck by a car on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights after exiting his car following a previous minor collision, officials said.
Aaron Joseph Sandoval died at the scene of the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato said.
The crash was first reported about 3:05 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at 7th Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer C. Black said in a written statement.
Black said Sandoval was driving eastbound on the freeway in a 2004 Honda Civic and been involved in a collision with a Toyota Prius. He got out of his car, which was stopped between the carpool and fast lanes.
An eastbound 1990 Honda Accord being driven by an 18-year-old Joshua Tree man struck the pedestrian, Black said. The Accord then careened into a 2015 Dodge Challenger that was stopped in the carpool lane.
The impact threw Sandoval over the center divider and into the carpool lane of the westbound side of the 60 Freeway, according to the CHP. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A woman riding as a passenger in the Dodge suffered major injuries, Black said. The man at the wheel of the Dodge and a teenage boy riding as a passenger were treated for injuries described as moderate.
No injuries were reported on the part of the Accord driver.
No arrests were made Saturday morning.
A Sig Alert affected lanes on both sides of the freeway through 8:50 a.m., according to CHP logs.
The crash remains under investigation by the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 562-868-0503.
EAST PASADENA >> A man died on Friday after his car crashed into a traffic signal police in East Pasadena, authorities said.
The fatal crash took place about 11:40 a.m. at Huntington and Sunny Slope drives in the unincorporated county area, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said.
“We got a report of a vehicle into a pole, with an unresponsive male in the vehicle, trapped,” the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver and lone occupant of the car dead at the scene, he said. He was initially described as a man estimated to be about 40 years old.
The crash was under investigation by officers from the CHP’s Altadena-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 626-296-8100.
PASADENA >> Authorities have identified an Alabama man who died in crash between his motorcycle and another vehicle on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena over the weekend.
Nathaniel John Larson, 21, of Gulf Shores, Alabama, died in Saturday’s 2:30 a.m. crash on the westbound 210 Freeway at Lake Avenue, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner.
Larson, initially described by officials as 23 years old, was riding a motorcycle when it collided with the rear end of another vehicle traveling in front of him, California Highway Patrol Officer Stephan Brant said.
Paramedics pronounced Larson dead at the scene, he said. The driver of the other involved car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
The crash is being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Altadena-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 626-296-8100.
PASADENA >> A man died following a collision between his motorcycle and a car on the 210 Freeway in Pasadena on Saturday, officials said.
The fatal crash took place shortly after 2:30 a.m. on the westbound 210 Freeway near Lake Avenue, California Highwway Patrol Officer Stephan Brandt said.
Initial investigation indicated the motorcle struck the rear of a car traveling in front of it, the officer said.
Paramedics pronounced the rider, described as a 23-year-old man, dead at the scene, he said.
The driver of the involved car remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators.
A Sig Alert was issued for the two right-hand lanes of the westbound 210 Freeway as the investigation continued Saturday afternoon.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the CHP’s Altadena-area office at 626-296-8100.
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.
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)
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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