PICO RIVERA — Authorities have determined that the death of a man who was struck by a big rig along Slauson Avenue last week was a suicide.
A 34-year-old Pico Rivera man died following the incident, which took place just before 10:30 a.m. Friday on Slauson Avenue, just east of Bequette Street, according to Los Angeles County sheriff’s and coroner officials.
After being struck and run over by a big rig, rescuers rushed the man to St. Francis Medical Center in Lynwood, where he succumbed to his injuries at 11:17 a.m., coroner Chief of Operations Craig Harvey said.
The truck driver remained at the scene and cooperated with investigators, sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said at the time.
An autopsy was completed Monday, and the death was ruled a suicide, Harvey said. Investigators determined the man intentionally ran in front of the big rig.
PICO RIVERA — A man was wounded but expected to survive after he was shot in an apparently gang-related attack late Friday, officials said.
A man in his 30s was standing in a residential neighborhood in the 4600 block of Walnut Avenue prior to the attack, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Steve Dodson said.
“The suspect approached the victim on foot and asked where are you from,” the sergeant said. The question is a common way in which gang members challenge potential rivals about their gang affiliation.
“The response was ‘nowhere,’” Dodson said. But the answer did not satisfy the attacker, who was armed with a small handgun.
“The suspect fired four or five rounds. The victim was struck in the abdomen,” Dodson said.
Officials said the wounded man was hospitalized in stable condition.
Dodson described the attacker as a Latino man in his early-20s, about 6 feet tall, of thin build, wearing a black baseball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans. He was last seen getting into a car — possibly a silver Nissan Altima — which headed south from the shooting scene.
PICO RIVERA — A man died Friday after he was struck by a big rig while walking across Slauson Avenue in Pico Rivera, authorities said.
The dead man’s identity was not immiately known, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said. He was described as a Latino man between 20 and 30 years old.
The collision was reported just before 10:30 a.m. along eastbound Slauson Avenue, just east of Bequette Avenue, the lieutenant said.
After finding the man badly injured, paramedics rushed him to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries about 11:15 a.m., Meyer said.
The driver of the big rig remained at the scene and was not cited or arrested as the investigation continued, he said.
Further details regarding the circumstances of the fatal collision were not available Friday.
PICO RIVERA — A 16-year-old boy escaped injury Thursday after being shot at in a residential neighborhood, officials said.
The shooting took place about 8 p.m. in the 4000 block of Lindsey Avenue, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
The teenage victim was approached by a man who asked him, “What’s up,” before firing on him twice with a handgun, the lieutenant said. The bullets did not strike the teen.
The shooter ran north to Isora Street where he got into a black Scion coupe, Meyer said. It was not clear if a getaway driver was waiting behind the wheel.
He was described as a Latino man between 18 and 20 years old, 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 7 inches tall, 160 pounds, wearing a black bandana over his face.
A motive in the shooting was not clear.
LOS ANGELES COUNTY >> Law enforcement officers throughout Los Angeles County are gearing up for checkpoints and extra patrols seeking intoxicated drivers this St. Patrick’s Day weekend.
Checkpoints in Whittier, Pico Rivera, Arcadia, Pasadena and the unincorporated county area of West Covina are just five of the 13 checkpoints taking place this weekend in the county, along with 87 roving DUI patrols, according to representatives of the task force of law enforcement agencies collectively known as “Avoid the 100.”
“When you celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, just be smart about it,” Glendora police Chief Tim Staab said in a written statement. “If you know you’re going to drink, whether with friends at a pub or attending a party designate a sober driver ahead of time or call a taxi to make sure you get home safely.”
According to statistics compiled by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, one person died every 53 minutes in a DUI-related crash in the United States in 2011.
“Most of these crashes involved drunk drivers who had blood-alcohol concentrations of .15 or higher, almost twice the legal limit of .08,” the task force statement said.
Whittier police are planning a checkpoint Friday night into Saturday morning within Whittier, according to Whittier police Sgt. Rob Hanson.
Pasadena police are also planning checkpoint Friday, as well as extra patrols to seek DUI drivers on St. Patrick’s Day, Pasadena police Lt. Pete Hettema said.
Arcadia police have announced plans to hold a checkpoint late Saturday into early Saturday within that city, Arcadia police Sgt. Brett Bourgeous said.
Sheriff’s deputies in Pico Rivera and California Highway Patrol officers in the unincorporated county area near West Covina will also hold a checkpoint late Saturday into Sunday, according to officials from each agency.
All of the checkpoints and additional patrols are being funded by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PICO RIVERA >> Deputies sought a group of attackers in a small SUV who shot and wounded another man in a residential neighborhood late Friday.
A 20-year-old suffered a single gunshot wound to his back in the 8 p.m. shooting at Calico Avenue and Ibsen Street, near the Pio Pico Elementary School and Playground, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
He was approached by four male attackers in an older-model, brown or gold, small SUV, similar to a GMC Jimmy, the lieutenant said.
The occupants of the SUV yelled out “Pico Nuevo,” the name of a local street gang — before opening fire with a small-caliber handgun, officials said. The SUV had chrome rims and a black roof rack. It was last seen eastbound on Ibsen Street.
The wounded man was conscious and speaking when taken to a hospital for treatment, Meyer said. An update on his condition was not available.
The shooting was being investigated by deputies from the sheriff’s Pico Rivera Station.
PICO RIVERA — A man suffered was wounded in a shooting outside a funeral home during a Rosary service late Friday but refused to cooperate with investigators regarding the attack, officials said.
The shooting too place about 7:30 p.m. outside Funeraria del Angel – Morrow’s, 9107 East Washington Blvd., Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Dianna Woodward said.
Mourners were at the funeral home for a service for a person described as an associate of an out-of-town street gang, the sergeant said. She did not know how the person died.
“While inside, they heard approximately 10 to 15 gunshots from outside,” she said.
A 31-year-old man was found suffering from “at least one gunshot wound to his upper torso,” and was taken to a hospital where he was listed in stable condition, Woodward said.
“He refused to give us any information,” she said. Deputies found no witnesses to saw the shooting.
It was believed the shots were fired from a passing vehicle, however no further details were available.
PICO RIVERA — Two men punched a woman in the face to steal her cell phone early Thursday, officials said.
The violent robbery took place just before 2:20 a.m. at Rosemead and Whittier boulevards, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
A 41-year-old Pico Rivera woman was walking north along Rosemead Boulevard when she was approached from an unknown direction by two men, the lieutenant said.
“One suspect punched her in the face and she fell to the ground,” Meyer said. The robbers proceeded to pull the woman’s cell phone from her purse before running off.
The woman had redness to her face but declined to be taken to a hospital, Meyer added.
The robbers were Latino men in their early-20s, of average build, between 5 feet 7 inches and 5 feet 9 inches tall, Meyer said. One wore a black baseball cap.
PICO RIVERA — Deputies are planning to check motorists for sobriety and valid drivers’ licenses during a checkpoint Friday.
The checkpoint will take place from 7 p.m. Friday to 3 a.m. Saturday at an undisclosed location within Pico Rivera, Los Angeles County sheriff’s officials said in a written statement.
Well-publicized checkpoints have been shows to decrease alcohol-related crashes by an average of 20 percent, officials said.
Funding for the checkpoint is being provided by a grant from the California Office of Traffic Safety, through the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
PICO RIVERA — A house occupied by a family, including three children, was struck by gunfire in drive-by shooting Thursday afternoon, though no injuries were reported, authorities said.
The attack took place about 4:230 p.m. in the 8800 block of Coolhurst Drive, just northwest of Rosemead Boulevard, Los Angeles County sheriff’s Lt. Andrew Meyer said.
Five to seven shots struck the house, but hit no one inside, the lieutenant said. Five to seven bullets struck the home.
The shots were fired by someone inside a passing white vehicle, Meyer said. No further description was available.
Sheriff’s gang detectives were investigating the shooting, he said.