Crash Claims Life of Elderly Woman

June 8, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A 76-year-old woman was identified by the coroner’s office Monday as the person killed when a Dodge Challenger and a small sedan collided in Montebello.

She was Maria Medina of Montebello, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. The cause of death was multiple blunt trauma.

The crash happened about 1:30 p.m. Saturday on Washington Boulevard and Fifth Street, said Montebello police Lt. L. Jackson.

The woman — who was a passenger in the sedan — was pronounced dead at the scene and a girl in the car girl was taken to a hospital in critical condition, Jackson said. The driver was also injured but the extent of that woman’s injuries were not available.

The man driving the Challenger was not hurt, the lieutenant said.

Washington Boulevard was shut down between Fifth Street and Bluff Road for the police investigation, Jackson said. Neither alcohol nor drugs were believed responsible for the crash.

Motorcyclist Killed While Fleeing Police

May 3, 2017 by · Leave a Comment 

A motorcyclist who was the subject of an outstanding arrest warrant was killed Monday when he collided with another vehicle while fleeing from an officer who tried to pull him over for a routine traffic stop.

Authorities Thursday identified the motorcyclist as George Rodriguez, 43, of Arleta. He died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.

The collision happened about 8 a.m. at the intersection of Via Campo and Wilcox Avenue, according to Montebello police and the California Highway Patrol.

An officer tried to make a traffic stop but the rider, who was named in a no-bail arrest warrant, fled northbound on Wilcox Avenue, ran a red light and collided with a vehicle that was eastbound on Via Campo, Montebello police Lt. Julio Calleros said.

The officer did not chase the motorcyclist, Calleros said.

The woman driving the other vehicle was taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injuries, according to Calleros, who did not know why the motorcyclist was wanted.

Via Campo was closed between Wilcox and Vail avenues while an investigation was conducted, as was the Wilcox Avenue off-ramp from the eastbound Pomona (60) Freeway.

Update: May 4, 2017 1p.m. to include the name of the motorcyclist.

Crash Shuts Down Freeway

October 20, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A crash involving three vehicles Sunday morning on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello temporarily shut down lanes but no one was injured, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The crash took place in the westbound lanes of the 60 Freeway, just east of Paramount Boulevard, at 2 a.m., CHP Officer Elizabeth Kravig said.

The crash involved a Ford Expedition, a Kia sedan and a box truck and temporarily shut down all westbound lanes for nearly 40 minutes until one lane was reopened, Kravig said.

The CHP declared a SigAlert at 2:19 a.m. and traffic was diverted off the westbound side of the 60 Freeway at Paramount Boulevard, according to the CHP.

No injuries were reported.

The other lanes remained closed until CalTrans could clean up glass and oil that spilled into the lanes, Kravig said.

All lanes were finally reopened at 4:10 a.m. and the SigAlert was cancelled, she said.

One Killed in Pomona Freeway Crash

March 31, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

One person was killed Wednesday afternoon in a crash involving a jackknifed big rig on the westbound Pomona (60) Freeway in Montebello.

The crash occurred at 4:15 p.m. at San Gabriel Boulevard, said California Highway Patrol Officer Michele Bond.

A heavy-duty tow truck was requested, and a SigAlert was declared for an unknown duration, she said.

Montebello Chase Ends With Car Crashing into Pole

February 25, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

A suspected drunken driver was in custody Monday after leading Montebello police on a chase that ended when he crashed his car into a power pole, police said.

The crash was reported at Greenwood Avenue and Telegraph Road about 11:10 p.m. Sunday, said Montebello police Sgt. Julio Calleros. Officers had tried to pull over the speeding car, but the motorist kept going, Calleros said.

The man, whose name was not immediately released, was taken to a hospital for treatment of unspecified injuries, and he will be booked on suspicion of driving under the influence, Calleros said.

Utility crews had to de-energize power lines so emergency workers could free the motorist, and power was interrupted to customers in the general area of the crash scene for a time, Calleros said.

Motorists were advised to stay away from the area until late Monday morning while crews repaired the power pole.

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