Hospital: Frank Pastore remains in critical condition following Duarte motorcycle crash

Christian radio personality and former major league baseball player Frank Pastore remained in critical condition in an intensive care unit Friday after being severely injured in a motorcycle crash in Duarte earlier this week.
Pastore, 55, of Upland, who hosts the “Frank Pastore Show” on KKLA 99.5 FM, suffered major head injuries shortly after 7:30 p.m. Monday as he was riding his Honda Shadow motorcycle east in the carpool lane of the Foothill (210) Freeway near Buena Vista Street when he was sideswiped by a car and collided with the center divider, California Highway Patrol officials said.
The baseball pitcher-turned religious radio host was in a coma following the crash, family members said.
Initially hospitalized in critical condition, Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center spokeswoman Rosa Saca said Friday his condition was “unchanged.”
“It’s difficult to tell at this point what the outcome will be,” she said.
The cause of the crash was being investigated by the Baldwin Park office of the CHP, however intoxicated driving or other crimes were not suspected, according to CHP Sgt. Kurt Stormes.
The 56-year-old Glendora woman who was driving the Hyundai Sonata that collided with Pastore has not been arrested or cited.

“Lucky to be alive”

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To: News Room
From: Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna, Verdugo Fire Academy Glendale, Ca.

 

At approximately 9:45 a.m. on Saturday June 7th, I was traveling on the West Bound 210 freeway approximately 1/4 mile before the 605 interchange. I noticed a light bit of smoke developing.

 

I pulled to the right and noticed a semi-truck overturned becoming well involved with fire. I stopped to attempt what appeared to be an obvious trapped person in the burning truck. Never in my 28 year career did I witness the occupant stumbling around in shock with
multiple cuts, abrasions and burns with possible broken bones.

I got the victim to a safe location and started administering first aid. The truck was becoming more involved with fire. I called Los Angeles County Fire Dispatch Center who advised me units were en route.

Apparently the victim kicked out the windshield and jumped approximately 20 feet into a storm drain (the truck flew off the high interchange (approximately 30 feet) of the 210/605 freeway and landed on the Mount Olive Drive exit. Had he missed the Mount Olive Drive he
would have fallen another 30 feet into the storm drains on both sides.

This gentlemen is certainly lucky to be alive!

Fire Chief Sam DiGiovanna

The Pico mudslide of ’69

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Here’s the Pomona Freeway mudslide photo from 1969. What kind of car is that?

The caption information provided by the Los Angeles Public Library is kind of sketchy. Here’s what it says:

“Mudslide covering all eastbound and two of the westbound lanes of the Pomona Freeway, 2 1/2 miles east of Pico Rivera.”

If you are interested, here’s a link to the full record, which contains information about the photographer (Fred Garcia), and the fact it was part of the Her-Ex photo collection.