Santa Monica man killed in Angeles National Forest motorcycle crash

A 64-year-old Santa Monica man died over the weekend following a motorcycle crash on a winding road in the Angeles National Forest north of La Canada Flintridge, officials said.
The fatal collision took place about 12:30 p.m. Saturday on Angeles Forest Highway at Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, California Highway Officer Monique Mischeaux said in a written statement.
Michael Gottlieb, who was wearing a helmet, was southbound on a 2012 Ducati motorcycle when the crash occurred, Mischeaux said. He was riding behind a 2003 Toyota being driven by ba 24-year-old Baldwin Park man.
“(The motorcycle) crossed into opposing traffic in an attempt to pass (the Toyota),” Mischeaux said. The Toyota simultaneously made a left turn onto Upper Big Tujunga Canyon Road, and the vehicles collided.
Gottlieb was thrown from the motorcycle, officials said.
As a result of the collision, (Gottlieb) received severe head trauma and a broken neck, and succumbed to his injuries,” Mischeaux said. He was pronounced dead by paramedics just under 45 minutes after the crash.
The crash was under investigation by officers from the Antelope Valley office of the CHP.

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UPDATED — Officials: Girls abducted by father at gunpoint in Pomona, found safe in Riverside County

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***UPDATE: California Highway Patrol officials deactivated the Amber Alert early Saturday morning after both children were found safe in Riverside County. Further details of the exactly where and how the girls were found were not immediately available. Los Angeles County booking records indicated Adame was arrested at 1:38 a.m. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail at the Pomona Police Department’s jail and was scheduled to appear for an arraignment Wednesday in Pomona Superior Court.
POMONA — Officials issued an Amber Alert late Friday after a man abducted his two young daughters at gunpoint, officials said.
Pete Valencia Adame, 43, kidnapped his ex-girlfriend along with their two daughters, ages 2 and 4, about 7 p.m. in Pomona, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
“Adame assaulted the former girlfriend before releasing her at an unknown location,” according to the statement. “Adame then fled with the two daughters.”
The potentially armed and dangerous suspect was believed to be driving a gray 2014 Jeep Patriot with California license plate No. 7CJF267, officials said. He was described as Latino, 5 feet 11 inches tall, 180 pounds, with black hair and brown eyes. He was last seen wearing a white undershirt and light blue pants with a stripe.
2014 Jeep PatriotThe missing 2-year-old, Valarie Persaea Adame, was described as Latina about 2 feet tall, 30 pounds, with brown hair and brown eyes. She was last seen wearing a white shirt with flowers on the shoulders and black pants.
The abducted 4-year-old, Aurora Akira Adame, was described as Latina, about 2 feet 6 inches tall and 35 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt with a heart design and cheetah print spandex pants.
Anyone with information was urged to contact the Pomona Police Department, or call 9-1-1.
PHOTO of kidnapping suspect Pete Adame courtesy of the Pomona Police Department.
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UPDATED: Two found dead inside car over the side of Glendora Ridge Road in the Angeles National Forest

ANGELES NATIONAL FOREST >> Two bodies were discovered Sunday inside of a car that had tumbled nearly 800 feet over the side of Glendora Ridge Road, deep in the Angeles National Forest north of the San Gabriel Valley, authorities said.
Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department search and rescue team members located the car about 11:15 a.m. over the side of Glendora Ridge Road, just west of Mt. Baldy Village, California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos said. Two bodies were found inside, however no descriptions of the dead were available.
Sheriff’s officials had been searching the area since shortly after 8 a.m. after receiving a report through the U.S. Forest Service that a vehicle had gone over the side of the road, sheriff’s Sgt. Alex Vargas said.
Officials from the Los Angeles County Department responded to the scene to take custody of the bodies, coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said. They were yet to be identified.
The crash was first reported to U.S. Forest Service officials, who notified Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials, who in-turn notified the CHP once search and rescue team members found the wreckage.
No further details were immediately available. The crash was being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.
A similar crash involving a Scion XB occurred on the same stretch of road last year, killing a young man who was driving and seriously injuring a young woman who was riding as a passenger, sheriff’s Lt. Andy Berg said at the time.
That crash took place about 12:30 a.m Aug. 16, when the car left the roadway and tumbled about 600 feet down the hillside before bursting into flames.
Tyler Scheurenbrand, 18, whose city of residence was not listed in coroner’s records, died at the scene from “thermal burns and probable blunt force trauma,” Dietz said. The death was ruled an accident.

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Eastbound 91 Freeway shut down in Riverside after fatal construction mishap

RIVERSIDE >> Officials shut down all eastbound lanes of the eastbound 91 Freeway through Riverside early Sunday to investigate the death of a road worker who fell from a railroad bridge when it partially collapsed, authorities said.
Two lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway were also closed Sunday morning following the 3:17 a.m. accident, according to California Highway Patrol logs. It was unclear when the lanes would be cleared.
Little information was available regarding the incident, which officials said was being investigated as an industrial accident.
The entire eastbound 91 Freeway was shut down between Central and 14th Street, while the two left lanes of the westbound 91 Freeway were shut down between Seventh Street and Adams Avenue, according to the CHP.
The mishap took place during a scheduled freeway closure, which was then extended into a Sig Alert as officials continued investigating the scene and clearing debris after the end of the scheduled road closure at 8 a.m.

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Santa Ana man killed in solo-car crash on 10 Freeway in Rosemead

ROSEMEAD >> A 26-year-old Santa Ana man died early Saturday following a solo-car crash on the 10 Freeway in Rosemead, officials said.
The man had not been officially identified at the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Saturday afternoon, coroner’s officials said.
He was driving a 2002 Nissan Sentra westbound on the 10 Freeway, just west of Baldwin Avenue, at an unknown speed just prior to the crash, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
“For reasons currently under investigation, the driver was unable to maintain control of his vehicle,” Cassidy said. The car slammed into the center divider wall and ultimately came to rest in the center median.
The driver, who was not wearing a seat belt, was taken to Garfield Medical Center in Monterey Park where he succumbed to his injuries, Cassidy said.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by officers from the East Los Angeles office of the CHP.

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Motorcyclist killed in crash on 605 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY >> A motorcyclist died late Friday in a crash on the Peck Road onramp to the southbound 605 Freeway, authorities said.
The crash was first reported just after 7:30 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol logs. The rider was pronounced dead at the scene.
The collision was believed to have involved the motorcycle and at least one additional vehicle, however further details were not immediately available, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said.
Officials shut down the right-hand lane of the southbound 605 Freeway as they investigated the scene.

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UPDATED: Crash shuts down westbound 210 Freeway traffic in Pasadena

PASADENA — A crash involving an overturned big rig blocked traffic for westbound motorists on the 210 Freeway through Pasadena Saturday morning, officials said.
The crash took place shortly before 10 a.m. on the transition road connecting the westbound 210 Freeway to the continued westbound 210 Freeway at the 134 Freeway interchange, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
There was no initial word regarding potential injuries.
Officials issued a Sig Alert for both lanes of the transition road that remained in effect until about 1:30 p.m.

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CHP, West Covina pizza parlor to collect toy donations

WEST COVINA — The California Highway Patrol is joining with California Pizza Kitchen next week to collect toys for needy children this holiday season.
Those who bring a new, unwrapped toy to the CPK at 110 South California Avenue in West Covina Tuesday will receive a free starter plate, CHP officials said in a written statement.
The event will take place from 11 a.m. to 10 p.m., and the toys will go to the CHP’s annual CHiPs for Kids campaign.
For more information, contact CPK in West Covina at 626-814-4400.

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Call renewed for information in hit-and-run that left Azusa nurse dead


AZUSA — Investigators an grieving family members renewed their public plea for information Wednesday for information leading to a hit-and-run driver who fatally struck a 52-year-old Nurse from Azusa last week.
forsaleAguida Luna died at a hospital about two hours after the 5:30 a.m. Nov. 27 collision on Citrus Avenue, just north of Laxford Road in a unincorporated county area near Azusa, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
In keeping with her daily routine, Luna had been waiting for a bus to take her to train station en route to work in Glendale when she was struck by a 1994 to 1997 Acura Integra, which then fled the scene, CHP Officer Lee Kendig said.
Her sacked lunch was found on the bus bench where she usually waits, and it was unclear why she was in the roadway, Kendig said.
Family members Wednesday urged anyone with information on the fatal hit-and-run to come forward to help them find justice.
“This was a heinous act, and I can’t imagine what kind of monster could leave a body in the middle of the street, not stopping to aid or call for help,” Luna’s sister-in-law, Carla Azera said.
“This person took away one extraordinary person,” Azera said. “She was a nurse. She made a difference every day to others. She was a cancer survivor — breast cancer. She was a devoted, loyal and caring wife and step-mother.”
Luna’s husband, Marcus Luna, was devastated by the loss, but took solace in his faith,” the sister-in-law said. “He finds comfort in knowing that she’s in a better place, and that God will pass judgement and justice.”
Aguida Luna grew up in the Philippines and migrated to the San Gabriel Valley in 2003, family members said. She worked as the director of nurses at the Royal Palms Convalescent Hospital in Glendale, where family members said she was missed by colleagues and patients alike.
She is survived by four step-children, including a high school-age son who lived with her and her husband, brother-in-law Herman Azera said.
“We’ve been doing a lot of investigation and we have not had very good leads up to this point, so we’re asking that the public help us out,” Jimenez said.
A fender wall and pieces of headlight left behind at the scene allowed officers to determine the model and approximate year of the involved vehicle.
Officers hope a witness who observed a similar car with damage “most likely on the left front of the vehicle” was asked to contact investigators. Officers were also hopeful area surveillance camera footage provided by neighbors or businesses could yield clues, as well as any auto shops where the hit-and-run driver may have sought to have the damage repaired.
Family members thanked a passer-by who stopped to help Luna after discovering her wounded in the street, as well as the driver of her shuttle bus, who pulled over and began looking for her when he did not find her at her usual stop.
“It’s been hard for us. So many lives have been affected,” said Luna’s mother-in-law, Felicidad McIntosh.
“I’m appealing to you as a mother,” she said. If anyone had information, she said, “Please don’t hesitate to call the CHP in Baldwin Park.
The CHP’s Baldwin Park office can be reached during normal business hours at 626-338-1164. After hours, the CHP can be reached at 323-259-2010.

PHOTO of Aguida Luna courtesy of family members.

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CHP officer, paramedics resuscitate man following apparent heart attack on 210 Freeway in La Verne

LA VERNE — A California Highway Patrol officer helped restore the pulse of a man who had apparently suffered a heart attack while riding as a passenger in a minivan on the 210 Freeway, officials said.
CHP Officer Ruth Rodriguez responded to a medical emergency call about 11 a.m. when she encountered the couple stopped in their 2013 Honda Odyssey, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said in a written statement. The passenger, 81-year-old Dimitri Cocea, was unconscious and unresponsive.
“Mr. Cocea’s wife informed Officer Rodriguez that Mr. Cocea was having a heart attack. Officer Rodriguez checked for vitals and could not find a pulse and Mr. Cocea was not breathing,” Jimenez said.
“Officer Rodriguez then began chest compressions in an attempt to resuscitate Mr. Cocea,” he said. Due to Mr. Cocea’s position within the vehicle, Officer Rodriguez was not able to perform rescue breathing. Officer Rodriguez continued chest compressions until she was relieved by Los Angeles County Fire Department personnel.”
Paramedics rushed Cocea to a the Pomona Valley Medical Center, where he arrived with a pulse, the officer said. “Mr. Cocea is alive due to the rescue efforts of Officer Ruth Rodriguez.”

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