UPDATE: Man and two children killed, three others injured, in head-on crash on Industry-Pico Rivera border

INDUSTRY – A man driving a Honda Civic and two of his young passengers died late Thursday when their car collided head-on with a Nissan Sentra following a elementary school graduation party.
The names of the dead man and children were not released Friday pending confirmation that their families had been notified, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said. The driver was initially described as a 22-year-old man, and the children were described as approximately 13 years old.
Four other people were also injured in the 8:45 p.m. crash in the 3500 block of San Gabriel River Parkway, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
“A preliminary investigation revealed the Honda passenger vehicle was travelling north on San Gabriel River Parkway and crossed over into the southbound lanes of traffic,” according to Lt. Andrew Meyer of the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station. “The Honda passenger vehicle struck the Nissan Sentra, which was traveling Southbound on San Gabriel River Parkway, and a head-on collision occurred.”
“There’s no suspicion of intoxicated driving at this time,” Sgt. Gerard Velona of the sheriff’s Industry Station said.
Speed was believed to be a factor on the part of the Honda, which was believed to have been traveling in excess of 80 mph prior to the crash, Velona said.
There were five people in the Honda.
The driver was pronounced dead at the scene, Meyer said.
Three minors sitting in the back of the car were all ejected, sheriff’s officials said. Two of them died at the scene, while the third was hospitalized in critical condition.
It was not clear whether the ejected children were wearing seat belts.
A front passenger of the Honda, described by sheriff’s officials only as female, was hospitalized in critical condition following the crash.
Rene Ayala, 26, of Whittier, the godfather of the surviving child who was thrown from the Honda, said the three children were boys who had just attended a small party to celebrate their graduation from Carmela Elementary School. He added that his godson was 12, about to turn 13.
After visiting him at the hospital, “He’s doing good,” the godfather said. “I just told him to relax.”
The driver was Ayala’s godson’s uncle, he said. Friends and family members who visited the scene Friday morning did not know the identity of the front passenger, who officials said was also hospitalized in critical condition.
The driver and three boys were all from Whittier, Ayala said, though the driver had been recently staying in Compton.
The driver’s wife, who also attended the small graduation party at a nearby home, left in a separate vehicle, Ayala said. Through chance and intuition, she came upon the crash scene just after it occurred.
As she was driving, “She saw the road was blocked ahead,” he said. “She got a weird feeling.”
She made her way closer to the scene and realized her husband’s car was involved, Ayala said.
Anthony Cerda, 27, of Whittier is a friend of the driver who stopped by the scene Friday.
“I’m just in shock. It’s very tragic what happened,” he said.
“I really don’t know what happened,” Cerda said. “All I know is he’s gone, and only God knows why.”
He added that his friend was not a reckless driver.
In addition to his wife, the driver of the Honda is survived by a young daughter, Cerda said.
He worked as a machinist, Ayala added.
The woman driving the Sentra and another woman who was riding as her passenger were also hospitalized in serious condition following the crash, sheriff’s officials said. Their ages and cities of residence were withheld.
Though deputies from the Los Angeles County sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station initially responded to the crash, it was ultimately determined to be just inside the Industry border.
The investigation is being handled by traffic deputies assigned to the sheriff’s Industry Station.

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Firefighters extinguish Industry brush fire

INDUSTRY — Firefighters made quick work of a small brush fire that ignited along the 60 Freeway in Industry Wednesday afternoon, officials said.
The fire was first reported just after 4 p.m. along the 60 Freeway, near Crossroads Parkway, Los Angeles County Fire Department officials said.
It grew to about half an acre in size before being extinguished by firefighters in about half an hour, fire Inspector Keith Mora said.
No structures were damaged and no injuries were reported, he said. The cause of the fire was under investigation.
The fire briefly prompted the closure of the two right-hand lanes of the eastbound 60 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

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La Puente man fatally struck by big while riding bike in Industry identified

INDUSTRY — Authorities Sunday released the name of a 55-year-old La Puente man who was fatally struck by a big rig while riding a bicycle.
Jose Munoz died at the scene of the 3:05 p.m. collision in the 17600 block of Valley Boulevard, just east of Hurley Street, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner officials said.
Little information was available regarding the circumstances of the crash, however the man was initially believed to have been riding on the wrong side of the road when struck, according to Sgt. Desiree Rodriguez. The big rig driver was not initially cites or arrested, however the investigation was ongoing.
Deputies from the sheriff’s Industry Station were handling the investigation.

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Bicyclist fatally struck by big rig in Industry

INDUSTRY – A bicyclist died Saturday after colliding with a big rig along Valley Boulevard, authorities said.
The collision was reported about 3:05 p.m. in the 17600 block of Valley Boulevard, just east of Hurley Street, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Michael Strickland said.
The bicyclist, initially described only as a man, was pronounced dead at the scene, the lieutenant said.
The circumstances of the crash remained under investigation, but it initially appeared the cyclist was riding on the wrong side of the road when struck, Sgt. Desiree Rodriguez said.
The driver remained at the scene and was cooperating with investigators, she added.
No further details were immediately available.

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Body found in bushes in Industry; no foul play initially suspected

INDUSTRY- Foul play was not initially suspected Wednesday following the discovery of a man’s body in some bushes, officials said.
The body, apparently that of a transient in his 40s, was discovered by a passer-by shortly before 2 p.m. at Valley Boulevard and Azusa Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Desiree Rodriguez said. Paramedics responded and pronounced him dead at the scene.
There were no obvious signs of trauma, and the death appeared to be natural, she said. Investigators from the Los Angeles County Department of Coroner will perform and autopsy to determine the man’s cause of death.

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La Puente man fatally struck by car in Industry

INDUSTRY – A 63-year-old La Puente man died Thursday after being struck by a vehicle along Azusa Avenue, authorities said.
Stephen Lozano died following the collision, which took place about 8:50 a.m. on Gemini Street, just east of Azusa Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
He was heading east in the sidewalk running along the north side of Gemini Street prior to the collision, Jimenez said. A 1996 Lexus sedan was being driven westbound on Gemini Street at about 25 mph by a 34-year-old Pomona man
For reasons that remained under investigation, Lozano’s bike went down a driveway and into the street, “directly into the path of the Lexus,” the officer said.
The driver had little or no chance to avoid hitting the bicyclist, he said.
Lozano was taken to the Citrus Valley Health Partners — Queen of the Valley Campus in West Covina, where he died a short time later, CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy said.
The investigation was ongoing, however nothing criminal was initially suspected, Jimenez said.
The circumstances of the collision were being investigated by officers from the Baldwin Park office of the CHP.

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Suspect arrested, 10 pounds of meth seized by Industry deputies in West Covina

Deputies looking for suspects in an earlier pursuit arrested one man and found about 10 pounds of methamphetamine in a pickup the culprits abandoned Wednesday, authorities said.
Sheriff’s Lt. Ray Enriquez said the narcotics unit told patrol deputies about a suspect vehicle containing a large quantity of narcotics. Deputies spotted the vehicle, a Ford F-150, on Gale Avenue around 4:45 p.m.
The driver was seen making several traffic violations, Enriquez said. Deputies tried to pull over the pickup but the driver didn’t stop.
The suspects pulled into a gas station at Azusa and Temple avenues. Enriquez said the driver used the pickup to push another occupied vehicle.
At Valinda and Merced avenues, he said the pickup sped up to 70 mph. Enriquez cancelled the chase because it could be dangerous to the public.
The pickup truck headed to West Covina, where it was abandoned on Gaybar Avenue. The two suspects ran.
Enriquez said one of the suspects, a man in his 20s, was arrested in the area on suspicion of possessing narcotics for sale and assault with a deadly weapon.
The estimated street value of the seized methamphetamine is well over $40,000, officials added.
Investigators did not release the suspect’s name Thursday , citing the ongoing investigation and search for the second suspect.

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Officials identity three killed in two separate motorcycle crashes in Monterey Park, Hacienda Heights

Officials Wednesday released the names of two men and a woman killed in two separate motorcycle crashes Tuesday in Hacienda Heights and Monterey Park.
Both fatal crashes involved riders being thrown from motorcycles and subsequently being struck by big rigs, according to the California Highway Patrol. One of the involved big rigs left the scene and was being investigated as a hit-and-run.
Kenneth Carnero and his girlfriend Misty Quinones, both 20 and of Los Angeles, died in a crash at 11:03 a.m. on the transition road from the northbound Long Beach (710) Freeway transition road to the westbound 10 (San Bernardino) Freeway in Monterey Park, according to CHP Officer Doris Peniche.
Quinones was a passenger on the 1998 Honda CBR 600 when Carnero attempted to pass vehicles along the right shoulder.
“He failed to negotiate the curve and lost control,” Peniche said. Both rider and passenger were thrown from the motorcycle, “and into the direct path of the tractor trailer wheels.”
Carnero and Quinones both died at the scene, officials said.
Investigators Wednesday continued seeking the big rig that ran over the couple, Peniche said. It was described as a gray box truck.
The investigation continued, she said. In the meantime, “We’re treating it as a hit-and-run.”
Anyone with information was asked to contact the East Los Angeles office of the CHP at 323-980-4600 during regular business hours. After hours, tipsters can reach the CHP at 800-835-5247.
Johannes Blankenhorn, 37, of Tujunga, died in a crash 20 minutes earlier on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway, just west of the Barford Avenue pedestrian overcrossing in Hacienda Heights, California Highway Patrol Officer Matt Arnone said in a written statement.
Blankenhorn was riding a 1978 BMW R100 motorcycle at an unknown speed when he rear-ended a 2004 Lexus ES 330 that was slowing in front of him in the No. 2 lane, officials said.
“(Blankenhorn) was ejected off his motorcycle and into the path of (a big rig),” Arnone said. The truck had been driving next to the Lexus in the No. 3 traffic lane at about 60 mph.
“(Blankenhorn) was then run over by the tractor trailer,” he said.
Paramedics performed CPR on the rider, however he was pronounced dead from his injuries, Arnone said.
The 60 Freeway crash was being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office.

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Man struck by car after exiting crashed vehicle on 60 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY — A man suffered major injuries late Tuesday after being struck by a car while running across traffic lanes of the Pomona (60) Freeway following a solo-car crash, authorities said.

The incident began about 8:21 p.m. when officials received a report of a solo-car crash on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just east of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Cheyenne Quesada said.

For reasons that remained under investigation, the driver of the car lost control and collided with the right side guardrail, then with the center divider, Quesada said.

“After the impact, the driver exited vehicle and began running westbound in eastbound lanes,” CHP Sgt. A. Perdomo said.

“He jumped over the center median wall to cross the westbound lanes and was struck by vehicle,” Perdomo said. “He sustained major injuries.”

A description of the man and an update on his condition were not available Wednesday.

A passenger of the silver Honda involved in the initial crash was hospitalized with apparently moderate facial injuries, the sergeant said.

A woman driving a black Honda that struck the pedestrian was extremely shaken up, but unhurt, Quesada said. She reported to investigators that she had spotted the man running in traffic lanes and tried to avoid him, but was unable to do so in time.

Lanes in both directions of the 60 Freeway were shut down for about an hour following the crash, officials said.

Officers from the Santa Fe Springs office of the CHP are investigating, and anyone with information is asked to contact the office during normal business hours at (562) 868-0503.

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74-year-old Chino man killed in crash on 60 Freeway in Industry

INDUSTRY — A 74-year-old Chino man died late Tuesday after his sedan struck the back of a disabled big rig on the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway, officials said.
Theodore Wong died at a hospital following the crash, which took place just before 11 p.m. on the 60 Freeway near Fairway Drive, Los Angeles County Department of Coroner Assistant Chief of Operations Ed Winter said.
He was driving his 2004 Lexus in the No. 2 lane at an unknown speed when the Lexus veered to the right and struck the rear of a big rig that had been disabled in the No. 2 lane, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
CHP logs indicated the Lexus became stuck underneath the big rig’s trailer.
Wong was taken to Pomona Valley Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead at 11:19 p.m., officials said.
Any witnesses to the crash were asked to contact the Baldwin Park office of the CHP at 626-228-1164.
Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center where he died.
All eastbound lanes of the freeway remained closed until 11:40 p.m., when the carpool lane was reopened, CHP Officer Monica Posada said. A Sig Alert remained in effect past of midnight as officers investigated the scene.

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