Several Crashes Happened in California Over the Weekend
Friday, it’s usually the time for people to work hard and rush home. You’ve had a long, exhausting week and the last thing you want to do is fight rush hour traffic on your way home from that long work week. Saturday is a day of fun, whether it’s a family day or you’re ready to hit the club, most people are ready to relax and let lose. However, no matter how much fun you have or how long your work week was, you should never just get careless while driving.
Sunday Afternoon Crash
Sunday, most people are traveling. Whether it be home from a vacation or if you have to travel to go to work. Either way, Sunday’s are a calm but lot of traffic days.
the first crash I’m going to talk about is a tanker truck crash. It crashed and then erupted into flames on Sunday afternoon. The crash ended up shutting down the 710 Freeway in both directions in the Bell area.
According to the reports, the tanker truck crashed just south of the Atlantic Boulevard around three, thirty in the late afternoon. The incident happened between Slauson Avenue and Bandini Boulevard. The tanker truck was carrying 8,500 gallons of fuel in two tanks. Only one of the tanks burst into flames. According to the reports, you could see the smoke from the flames for miles.
Luckily the Los Angeles County Fire officials, have said that there were no injuries in this, potential deadly crash. The Firefighters were able to use foam to put out the flames.
The California Highway Patrol Officers, were able to move some of the traffic to southbound lanes. California Highway Patrol guessed that the southbound lanes would be closed for almost eight hours though.
Second Crash Of the Weekend
The friday night crash. This one deals with a twenty-nine year old man who was arrested for allegedly fatally hitting a woman with his car and then fleeing the scene. Which, is quite sad and even sadder quite common now days.
Ontario man, Christopher Acosta allegedly struck thirty-year-old Lindsey Ann Prieto as she was crossing the street. She was struck near the Garey Avenue and Rio Rancho road. The incident happened around eight, thirty on Friday night near Pomona.
Mr. Acosta is accused of driving off, sadly Prieto died at the scene of the crash.
Witnesses were able to describe the escape vehicle to the 911 operators. The information from the witnesses send the officers to Acosta’s home. They did find the alleged car and then arrested Acosta.
Mr. Acosta was booked on suspicion of a felony hit and run causing injury or death.
Pomona Police Department Ask for Help:
Anyone with information about the crash is asked to call the Pomona Police Department’s Traffic Services Bureau at (909) 620-2081.
Late Saturday/Early Sunday Crash
This is about the wild Saturday night Crash. Everyone loves to have a little fun, but running from the police is probably a little “too” much fun. Now Police are searching for three suspects who led the Huntington Beach police officers on a pursuit in a stolen car and then fled the scene after an officer- involved shooting which was near the Davenport Island.
According to the reports, the police officers had tried to stop a green, 1969 Honda Accord for a vehicle code violation. Usually people get nervous during being pulled over, but this person never pulled over. In fact, in the area of Edinger Avenue and Edwards Street the incident started. This all happened around two, fifty in the morning, the driver of the green Accord didn’t pull over when asked. In fact, the driver sped away at a high rate of speed. That is when the pursuit began.
According to the Huntington Beach Police Department, at some point during the pursuit the driver had actually turned around and sped towards the officers. Talk about a crazy and scary turn of events. One of the officers had fired several shots, one of them hit the vehicle a few times. The officers were luckily not shot during this.
The people who were running from the police eventually abandoned the vehicle near the Edwater Lane and Courtney Drive. They then fled the scene on foot. There were several patrol units at the scene as well as K-9 units. However, no one was able to locate the suspects.
Police do not know if the people who were inside of the car were hurt. There were three people inside of the car. The driver was described as a black man who was in his twenties, he also had a one inch afro-style hair cut.
Hunting Beach Police Department Needs Your Help!
Anyone with further information regarding the suspects was asked to call the Huntington Beach Police Department at (714) 90-8843.
So, if you’re a weekend warrior, a parent, student, whatever please be careful. You never know who you will meet along the interstate or roadways.
Daniel A. Gibalevich
DAG Law Firm