Car-to-Car Shooting Causes Crash, Kills Two

February 11, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

Authorities identified a 18-year-old who was fatally shot in Boyle Heights along with his pregnant passenger, who suffered fatal injuries when the car crashed into the front of a home.

The possibly gang-related shooting and crash occurred about 11 a.m. Sunday at the intersection of Pleasant Avenue and Eschandia Street, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Henry Sanchez, of El Monte, died at a hospital, said Assistant Chief Coroner Ed Winter.

His passenger, 19-year old Maria Cordova was pronounced dead on the scene. The woman was trapped in the wreckage and died before she could be freed, according to police.

Cordova’s exact cause of death will be determined by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office.

Hollenbeck officers responding to a radio call of a shooting that night found the victims.

Another passenger in the car, a man, was taken to a hospital but was not seriously injured, authorities said.

According to police, Sanchez was struck by gunfire as he waited for a green light causing him to lose control of his vehicle and crash into the house.

No one in the residence was hurt although one person was inside when the crash occurred.

Sanchez’s father Jesus told ABC7 he wasn’t aware of his son having a gang affiliation.

Jesse Sanchez told ABC7 his slain brother “was excited… that he was about to be a father.”

One suspect was described as Hispanic, about 5 feet 9 inches tall, with a thin build. A second suspect was only described as a male.

Anyone with information that could help identify the suspects is urged to call (877) LAPD-24-7. Anonymous tips can be provided through Crime Stoppers by calling (800) 222-TIPS.

Car Crashes Into Pole, Bursts Into Flames in Boyle Heights

July 9, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

At least one person was injured Wednesday when a Ford F-150 truck crashed into a pole and burst into flames on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Boyle Heights, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The crash on the southbound 5 Freeway, just north of the Pomona (60) Freeway, took place about 12:10 a.m., said CHP Officer Tony Polizzi.

Several people were in the pickup and at least one person was transported to the hospital by paramedics, Polizzi said.

CHP officers and a good Samaritan helped pull people out of the car while it was burning, a news videographer reported from the scene Polizzi said there were no early indications that drugs or alcohol were factors in the crash. The accident remained under investigation by the CHP today.

Driver Killed in Montebello Crash Identified

February 5, 2015 by · Leave a Comment 

The coroner’s office Monday released the name of a 20-year-old man killed last week when a car slammed into a light pole in Montebello near the border with Whittier.

He was Luis Olivares of Montebello, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz.

The crash occurred at the intersection of San Gabriel Boulevard and Plaza Drive south of the Pomona (60) Freeway about 11:20 p.m. Jan. 26, said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.

Olivares was pronounced dead at the scene and at least one other person was taken to a hospital for treatment of injuries, Villalobos said. Olivares was apparently the driver.

Several vehicles may have also been involved in the accident, he said.

The cause of the crash remained under investigation by the CHP, Villalobos said.

Man Killed in Illegal Street Race

July 18, 2014 by · Leave a Comment 

A young man died today of injuries he suffered in a high-speed crash during an illegal street race in Commerce, and two other men involved in the accident were hospitalized with serious injuries, authorities said.

The three men were ejected from an Acura Integra when it struck a palm tree in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard around 10:40 p.m. Thursday, according to the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

“It was a street racing incident”, said sheriff’s Lt. Paul Hardy.

Isaac Garcia, 19, of Maywood died about 12:20 a.m. at a hospital, said coroner’s Assistant Chief Ed Winter. It was not immediately known if he was the driver or a passenger in the Acura.

The two survivors are hospitalized with serious injuries.

Witnesses told a videographer at the scene they believe the vehicles were racing at 90 miles per hour when the accident occurred. The second vehicle in the race left the scene, they said.

Hardy said the damage to the crashed vehicle was extensive. “It’s pretty catastrophic”, Hardy said.

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