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07-10-08, 04:18 PM #1
Off-Duty L.A. County Police Lt Killed
L.A. County police officer and 18-year-old man killed in 60 Freeway crash
The off-duty officer's SUV apparently hit a stalled minivan, which the 18-year-old was standing in front of. The CHP says the SUV then rolled on top of its ejected driver, killing him.
By Francisco Vara-Orta, Los Angeles Times Staff Writer
12:16 PM PDT, July 9, 2008
A sport utility vehicle rammed into a stalled minivan on the 60 Freeway in Hacienda Heights early this morning and overturned, killing an off-duty police officer and a young man, authorities said.
The accident on the eastbound side of the freeway, just west of South Hacienda Boulevard, was reported about 12:40 a.m., said Joe Iziz, a California Highway Patrol spokesman.
Lt. Gilbert Valderrama
An 18-year-old man from Ontario and 55-year-old man from Montclair died at the scene, CHP Officer R. Geiss said.
The preliminary investigation showed that a 15-year-old had been driving the van when it was disabled in a single-vehicle accident, Geiss said. All five people in the van had gotten out and walked near the center divider when a red Chevy Blazer heading east crashed into it, he said.
The crash caused the van to fatally hit the 18-year-old man, who had walked in front of the vehicle. He was thrown into the westbound lanes of the freeway, Geiss said.
The SUV overturned, ejecting its 55-year-old driver. The SUV then landed on the driver and killed him, Geiss said.
The L.A. County Police said in a statement today that Lt. Gilbert L. Valderrama, a 19-year veteran of the department, was on his way home from work when his vehicle was hit.
L.A. County Police provides security for various parks and agencies, making it the fourth-largest law enforcement agency in the county with 491 sworn officers.
The accident prompted the closure of several eastbound and westbound lanes on the 60, but all lanes were cleared by 4:40 a.m., Iziz said.
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07-10-08, 04:32 PM #2
RIP brother... This is from my dad's department.~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
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07-10-08, 05:23 PM #3
So sad, May He Rest in Peacehttp://i236.photobucket.com/albums/f.../ukbluejw2.gif
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07-10-08, 05:27 PM #4
Rest in peace.
07-10-08, 10:08 PM #5
Rest In Peace, my friend.
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Off-duty officer, 18-year-old killed in 60 Freeway crash
By Claudia Palma, Staff Writer
Article Launched: 07/09/2008 08:26:14 PM PDT
Lt. Gilbert L. Valderrama, 55, of Montclair, left, was killed early Wednesday morning, July 9, 2008, when his SUV crashed into a stalled minivan on the eastbound 60 Freeway, overturning and ejecting him, then landing on him. Ryan Steven Blakeslee, 18, right, a passenger in the minivan who was standing by the center median in front of the minivan, was also killed during the collision.
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HACIENDA HEIGHTS - An off-duty Los Angeles County police lieutenant and an 18-year-old Ontario man were killed during an early morning collision on the 60 Freeway, officials said.
Ryan Steven Blakeslee, 18, from Ontario and Lt. Gilbert L. Valderrama, 55, of Montclair died at the scene.
The California Highway Patrol said the crash on the eastbound Pomona Freeway just west of South Hacienda Boulevard was reported around 12:40 a.m.
Valderrama, a 19-year veteran, worked with the county's Public Safety Department and had been working at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center, county officials said.
Blakeslee, who just turned 18 in May, recently graduated from Walnut High School.
Preliminary reports indicate the minivan driven by an unlicensed 15-year-old was involved in a solo-vehicle, non-injury crash that left the car stuck in the number one lane of the freeway.
All five occupants of the minivan, including Blakeslee, left it and walked to the center divider wall in front of the minivan, officials said.
Valderrama was driving eastbound in a red Chevy Blazer on his way home from work. He crashed into the back of the van, according to police reports.
The collision caused the minivan to hit Blakeslee, who was sitting on the center median, throwing his body into the freeway's westbound lanes, said CHP Officer Joe Zizi.
The Blazer overturned and Valderrama was ejected. The vehicle landed on Valderrama and killed him, according to the CHP. Valderrama was not wearing a seat belt, Zizi said. Several lanes on both sides of the freeway were closed for four hours before reopening.
Zizi said the accident investigation is continuing. There were more than 20 witnesses remaining to be interviewed late Wednesday.
It is unclear what charges, if any, the 15-year-old may be facing, Zizi said.
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07-10-08, 10:21 PM #6
Rest in Peace
07-11-08, 04:35 AM #7
very tragic.... RIP brother
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