DIAMOND BAR >> Services have been scheduled for a 33-year-old Baldwin Park man who died last week when the car he was riding in with his wife was rear-ended by a pickup truck on the transition road between the 60 and 57 freeways.
Rodolfo “Rudy” Enrique Fuentes III died at the scene of the collision, which took place just before 5:50 a.m. on the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, where it merges with the 57 Freeway near Grand Avenue in Diamond Bar, according to California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County coroner’s officials.
Visitation will be held from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m. on Jan. 13 at the Queen of Heaven Cemetery and Mortuary, 2161 S. Fullerton Road.
A funeral will be held from 9 a.m. to 10 a.m. on Jan. 14 at the same location, followed immediately by a graveside service.
Fuentes’ mother, Annamarie Fuentes, thanked the community for its compassion over the past difficult week.
“The love and support has been tremendous,” she said. “We as a family appreciate all the kindness and love we have received by all.”
Fuentes’ wife was riding as a passenger in the 2007 Honda Civic when it was struck from behind by a Ford F-150 pickup truck, CHP officials and family members said. She was treated for non-life-threatening injuries.
The driver and passenger of the pickup truck declined medical treatment, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation by the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office.
PHOTO: Rodolfo “Rudy” Enrique Fuentes III. (Courtesy)
POMONA >> Coroner’s officials have identified a Pomona woman who died in a solo-car crash on a freeway connector road early Friday.
Chelsea Tarin, 23, died at the scene of the 6:30 a.m. crash on the transition road from the southbound 57 Freeway to the eastbound 10 Freeway, on the border between San Dimas and Pomona, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said.
She was at the wheel of a 1993 Toyota Camry when it went of the left side of the roadway, struck a lamp post, then struck a cement support pillar beneath the 57 Freeway along the right side of the connector road, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Rodrigo Jimenez.
Paramedics pronounced Tarin dead at the scene.
An autopsy determined Tarin died as a result of “traumatic injuries,” and the death was ruled accidental, Smith said.
A fund to benefit Tarin’s family has been set up online at www.gofundme.com/2jjhcak.
Friday’s fatal crash was the second fatality reported on the same transition road in just over a week.
Juan Manuel Machuca Jr., 22, of San Bernardino died on Aug. 4 when his Ford Explorer veered off the side of the road and overturned, according to the CHP.
PHOTO by Beatriz Valenzuela
SAN DIMAS >> A man died Thursday afternoon after losing control of his SUV and crashing on a San Dimas freeway transition road, authorities said.
The man killed in the 4:04 p.m. crash on the southbound 57 Freeway connector road to the eastbound 10 Freeway had not been identified Thursday night, Officer Hammond of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement.
He was driving a 2004 Ford Explorer “at an unsafe speed for roadway conditions” when he veered off the road at as it curved to the left, Hammond said.
“The Ford Explorer then traversed a dirt embankment on the east side of the connector road before striking a concrete jersey wall and overturning back onto the roadway,” he said.
Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene.
Authorities issued a Sig Alert on the connector road through 8 p.m.. Hammond said.
Any witnesses are asked to contact Officer K. Croxford of the CHP’s Baldwin Park office at 626-338-1164.
SAN DIMAS >> Authorities Sunday released the identity of a 29-year-old Chino woman who died in a crash on the 57 Freeway in San Dimas.
Christine Soto died at the scene of the crash, which took place about 1:20 a.m. Saturday on the southbound 57 Freeway, just north of Via Verde, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner records.
She was driving a 2013 Kia Optima when the car rear-ended a big rig, then smashed into the center divider, Officer C. Flores of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement.
The driver of the big rig was unhurt, officials added.
Any witnesses are encouraged to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
DIAMOND BAR >> A man died in a solo-car crash on the 57 Freeway in Diamond Bar early Sunday morning, officials said.
The man’s name was not released pending positive identification and notification of family, Lt. Fred Corral of the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner said. He was initially described as a man in his 30s.
He was driving a 2013 Hyundai Sonata northbound on the 57 Freeway, just south of Golden Springs Drive, about 5:15 a.m. when the crash occurred, Officer S. Stoos of the California Highway Patrol’s Baldwin Park area office said in a written statement.
“For an unknown reason, (the driver) allowed his vehicle to veer to the right, crossing over the No. 5 lane right shoulder, subsequently colliding with a metal guardrail located just east of the roadway,” Stood said.
Paramedics took the badly injured man to Pomona Valley Hospital Medical Center, where he succumbed to his injuries, CHP and coroner’s officials said.
The crash remains under investigation. Anyone with information is asked to contact Officer F. Riviera of the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.