SOUTH EL MONTE >> A woman died in a crash between a big rig and a car on the 60 Freeway in South El Monte on Thursday afternoon, authorities said.
The deadly crash took place about 1:40 p.m. on the westbound 60 Freeway at Santa Anita Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Alex Rubio said.
“It appears to be a two-vehicle collision,” he said. Initial reports indicated the crash involved a big rig and a BMW sedan.
One woman was pronounced dead at the scene, Rubio said. No further description of the victim was available.
A Sig Alert was issued for the Santa Anita Avenue offramp of the westbound 60 Freeway as the investigation continued.
PHOTO by Keith Durflinger
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A 21-year-old Covina man died early Saturday when he was struck by a car on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights after exiting his car following a previous minor collision, officials said.
Aaron Joseph Sandoval died at the scene of the crash, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Investigator Joyce Kato said.
The crash was first reported about 3:05 a.m. on the 60 Freeway at 7th Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer C. Black said in a written statement.
Black said Sandoval was driving eastbound on the freeway in a 2004 Honda Civic and been involved in a collision with a Toyota Prius. He got out of his car, which was stopped between the carpool and fast lanes.
An eastbound 1990 Honda Accord being driven by an 18-year-old Joshua Tree man struck the pedestrian, Black said. The Accord then careened into a 2015 Dodge Challenger that was stopped in the carpool lane.
The impact threw Sandoval over the center divider and into the carpool lane of the westbound side of the 60 Freeway, according to the CHP. Paramedics pronounced him dead at the scene.
A woman riding as a passenger in the Dodge suffered major injuries, Black said. The man at the wheel of the Dodge and a teenage boy riding as a passenger were treated for injuries described as moderate.
No injuries were reported on the part of the Accord driver.
No arrests were made Saturday morning.
A Sig Alert affected lanes on both sides of the freeway through 8:50 a.m., according to CHP logs.
The crash remains under investigation by the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office. Any witnesses, or anyone with information, can reach the office at 562-868-0503.
DIAMOND BAR >> A Bloomington man who stopped on the 60 Freeway in Diamond Bar to help a disabled motorist died after being struck by another car early Sunday, authorities and his brother said.
Timothy Joseph Rios, 23, died in the crash, which took place about 2:40 a.m. in the westbound lanes of the freeway at Diamond Bar Boulevard, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner Coroner Assistant Chief of Operation Ed Winter said. He was described by California Highway Patrol officials as a Bloomington resident.
CHP logs indicated one or two vehicles were first reported disabled in the carpool and fast lanes at 2:38 a.m. A secondary collision was reported four minutes later.
A 2006 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was stalled in the fast lane following a minor collision just prior to the fatal crash, CHP Officer J. Chumacero said in a written statement.
Rios was standing in the fast lane, officials said. It was not clear whether he had been a passenger in the pickup truck or another vehicle.
A 2007 Honda Civic being driven by a 49-year-old Covina man then approached the crash scene, according to Chumacero.
“Due to (the Honda Driver) driving his Honda Civic at an unsafe speed for changing traffic conditions, the front of the Honda Civic collided into the rear of the Chevrolet Silverado,” Chumacero said.
“The Honda Civic continued traveling out-of-control in a westerly direction, causing the front of the Honda Civic to collide into Rios,” he said.
Paramedics pronounce Rios dead at the scene.
Rios worked as a security guard and was working toward becoming a corrections officer, his younger brother, Michael Estrada, said. Rios had just gotten married earlier this year.
Estrada said his brother had spotted the Chevy Silverado pickup truck while driving in his patrol car, and stopped to help the woman at the wheel of the disabled truck when he was struck.
The driver of the Honda Civic was not arrested, according to the CHP.
Officers arrested the driver of the Silverado, described as a 28-year-old Anaheim woman, who Rios initially stopped to help, according to officials and Estrada. But it was not clear Saturday exactly what crime the driver was suspected of.
But county booking records indicated the arrested driver was booked on suspicion of a misdemeanor offense and released on $5,000 bail late Saturday morning.
Estrada said helping a stranded motorist was consistent with Rios’ charitable personality.
“That’s him. He just wanted to help,” the brother said. “He was really selfless, easy to get along with, adventurous.”
Rios is survived by his wife, his brother, three sisters and his mother, Estrada said.
The crash is being investigated by officers from the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office. No further information was available Saturday afternoon.
Fund to help Rios’ family are being collected online at www.paypal.me/melissavrios.
PHOTOS: Timothy Joseph Rios (Courtesy)
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A Maywood man died in pickup truck crash early Saturday after one of the truck’s tired blew out on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, officials said.
Officials withheld the identity of the victim pending notification of family, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Lt. David Smith said. California Highway Patrol officials described him as a 49-year-old Maywood man.
The crash took place at 5:10 p.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Hacienda Boulevard, CHP Officer M. Iniguez said in a written statement.
The 1995 Ford Ranger was traveling in the carpool, No. 1 or No. 2 lanes when a tire blew out, according to the officer.
“As the Ford Ranger was approaching Hacienda Boulevard, the left rear tire tread separated from the tire,” Iniguez said. “The driver reacted in such a way as cause the Ford Ranger to overturn onto its roof on the right shoulder.”
The upside-down pickup truck slid on its roof across the shoulder and ended up striking a metal guardrail lining the Hacienda Boulevard onramp to the eastbound 60 Freeway.
The driver and lone occupant of the truck died from his injuries, Iniguez said.
Anyone with information is urged to contact Officer Iniguez at the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.
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 >> Four people died and four other were hurt in a hit-and-run collision on the 60 Freeway in Pomona early Saturday morning, authorities said.
The crash took place about 5 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just west of Reservoir Street, California Highway Patrol officials said in a written statement.
The eight victims, four men and four women between 21 and 49 years old, were all riding in a 2003 Ford Explorer and on their way home after a night out at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Nights when the crash occurred.
All four of those killed were passengers, and all were residents of Lake Elisnore, officials said.
They were identified as Elba Rosales, 26; Luis Herrera, 29; Noemi Herrera, 21; and Gerardo Herrera, 49, Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner Acting Lt. B. Kim said. The relationship between the victims was not available.
The four survivors, two men and two women, were hospitalized with injuries ranging from moderate to major, CHP Officer Rodrigo Jimenez said.
The Explorer, which was only configured to seat seven people, was traveling in the No. 2 lane at 65 to 75 miles per hour when a newer-model white vehicle struck the left side of the SUV, according to CHP Officer S. Sullinger.
(The Explorer driver) immediately lost control of her vehicle as it veered sharply to the right,” Sullinger said. “(The Explorer) subsequently overturned within the No. 4 lane and on the right shoulder area.
“The vehicle continued to overturn multiple times down a dirt embankment, across the Reservoir Street offramp, down a second dirt embankment, and finally came to rest against the chain-link perimeter fence,” Sullinger said.
Four victims were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Six of the eight people inside the Explorer were thrown from the SUV, he said.
Investigators found damage, and possible paint transfer, on the left side of the SUV that appeared consistent with the account of the driver, a 25-year-old Lake Elisnore woman, Jimenez said.
A detailed description of the hit-and-run car was not available, Jimenez said.
Of the four people who died, only one was wearing a seat belt, officials said.
The victims had just spend the evening at Universal Studios’ Halloween Horror Night and stopped for dinner before the crash occurred as they were on their way home, Jimenez said.
There was no indication the crash involved alcohol or drugs, officials said.
The fatal crash resulted in a Sig Alert that affected the freeway and nearby connector roads through Saturday afternoon.
Anyone with information is asked to contact the CHP’s Baldwin Park area office at 626-338-1164.
HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> A Los Angeles woman died early Thursday after her car slammed into the back of a big rig on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights, authorities said.
Kenoa Stewart, 36, was killed in the crash, according to Ed Winter, assistant chief of operations at the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner.
The collision took place at 4:11 a.m. on the eastbound 60 Freeway, just east of Seventh Avenue, Officer Jason Steward of the California Highway Patrol’s Santa Fe Springs-area office said.
The woman, later identified as Stewart, was driving a 2002 Saturn L100 east in the No. 3 lane just prior to the fatal collision, he said. A 2009 Volvo big rig was traveling directly in front of her.
“For reasons still under investigation, the driver of the Saturn collided into the right rear of a semi truck,” Steward said.
“The Saturn traveled out-of-control and became wedged underneath the right rear of the semi-trailer, between the No. 3 and No. 4 lanes.”
Paramedics pronounced Stweart dead at the scene at 4:35 a.m., Winter said.
The driver of the big rig, described as a 57-year-old La Puente man, suffered no injures, Steward added.
The crash remains under investigation, and anyone with information can reach the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs-area office at 562-868-0503.
MONTEBELLO >> A person died in a crash involving a big rig and a passenger car on the 60 Freeway in Montebello during rush-hour Wednesday afternoon, authorities said.
The crash was first reported about 4:14 in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway near San Gabriel Boulevard, California Highway Patrol Officer Jennifer Bond said. Initial reports indicated it involved a jackknifed big rig and a sedan.
One person died at the scene, she said.
Officials shut down all but the right-hand lane of the westbound 60 Freeway as they cleared the wreckage and investigated the scene, along with the northbound San Gabriel Boulevard onramp to the westbound 60 Freeway.
All traffic lanes were reopened about 8:30 p.m., according to the CHP.
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HACIENDA HEIGHTS >> Two people died and two suffered injuries Sunday in a crash involving a pickup truck and a sedan on a freeway offramp in Hacienda Heights, officials said.
The crash took place about 7 p.m. on the 7th Avenue offramp of the eastbound 60 Freeway, California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball said.
Two victims, initially described only as male and female, were pronounced dead at the scene, officials said.
Paramedics took to more people to a hospital in unknown condition, Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Bernard Peters said.
The sedan ended up overturned in the parking lot of a Denny’s restaurant, according to CHP logs.
The pickup truck came to a rest on the roadway with much of the passenger compartment sheared off.
Officials shut down the offramp for nearly four hours as they investigated the scene and cleared the wreckage.
Officers from the CHP’s Santa Fe Springs office are handling the investigation.