Commerce Freeway Fatality

January 29, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

California Highway Patrol is investigating the circumstances the death of a woman who was struck by a vehicle on the southbound Santa Ana (5) Freeway in the City of Commerce, a CHP officer said Monday.

The fatality was reported about 11:15 p.m. Sunday on the southbound Santa Ana Freeway just south of the southbound Long Beach (710) Freeway, according to CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

A Fredrickson,Virginia resident driving a 2013 Hyundai sedan was southbound in the No. 2 lane at about 65 mph approaching Triggs Avenue when a 37-year-old woman walked onto the southbound freeway from the Triggs Avenue on-ramp directly into her path, and the driver could not avoid her, CHP Officer E. Zorrilla said.

The woman was pronounced dead at the scene, he said. Her name was not released pending notification of relatives.

The Hyundai driver was not injured, Zorrilla said.

All lanes of the southbound Santa Ana Freeway were reopened to traffic at about 1:15 a.m. Monday.

The incident remained under investigation and anyone who may have witnessed it was asked to call the East Los Angeles CHP office at (323) 980-4600.

Five Pedestrians in Highland Park Struck by 87 Year-old Driver

January 24, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 


An 87 year-old man driving southbound on Avenue 57 near a school in Highland Park hit five members of the same family Friday morning around 8 a.m.

The collision near Yorkdale Elementary School left a 52-year-old grandmother and a 10-year-old girl in critical condition, LAFD Battalion Chief Steve Ruda said.

The driver, an 87 year-old man, stayed on the scene for the investigation. EGP photo by Jacqueline García.

The driver, an 87 year-old man, remained on the scene for the investigation. EGP photo by Jacqueline García.

A 32-year-old woman who is the daughter of the 52-year-old woman and her two sons, ages 7 and 9, were listed in serious condition, Ruda said. The 10- year-old girl was a cousin, he said.
All three children were believed to be Yorkdale students.

It appears the elderly man — identified in broadcast reports as Luis Carbajal — accidentally stepped on the gas and ran a stop sign at the corner of Avenue 57 and Meridian St. and hit the pedestrians walking in the crosswalk, LAPD Officer Julius Wells told EGP at the scene.

Wells said the driver was not arrested because it appeared to be an accident and he did stop and was cooperating with police.

“He is going to have his license reevaluated and they are going to probably take it away, but that is up to the DMV,” Wells said.

The driver, who remained at the scene until picked up by a family member, was visibly upset. “He stopped in the middle of the street and he was just devastated,” Wilson Caraman, a nearby resident, told NBC4.

Information from City News Service used in this report.

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