A Baldwin Park man was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence after his truck crashed into a disabled car on the Pomona (60) Freeway in Monterey Park, killing two people in the smaller vehicle, authorities said today.
Salvador Tamayo, 39, was booked on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs following the crash about 10:15 p.m. Thursday on the westbound freeway east of Atlantic Boulevard, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Pronounced dead at the scene were 34-year-old Jorge Perez, of Los Angeles, who was driving the 2008 Honda Civic; and a 31-year-old woman, also from Los Angeles, a passenger in the car. Her name was withheld, pending notification of kin.
The San Gabriel Valley Tribune reported the name of the woman as Beatriz Castillo, 31-year old resident of Los Angeles.
According to the preliminary CHP investigation, the Honda struck the left front bumper of a big rig in the No. 4 lane, crashed into the center divider and became disabled sideways in the No. 1 lane.
That's when a 2003 Ford F-250 pickup driven by Tamayo crashed into the right side of the Honda, pushing the car about 200 feet, authorities said.
Tamayo suffered minor injuries.
- City News Service