Off duty deputy killed at accident scene
Sad story. This is one of the reasons I'm very hesitant to stop at T/c.s. This story is all to common...
Article Launched: 01/02/2006 12:00:00 AM
Concern costs OC deputy his life
By Samantha Gonzaga, Staff writer
CERRITOS — An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's deputy who stopped to help the occupants of an overturned SUV on the Artesia (91) Freeway was hit and instantly killed by a passing sedan early Sunday, as was the SUV's sole passenger, authorities said.
The collision occurred at 3:27 a.m., shutting down a stretch of the eastbound 91 Freeway for investigation until 9:25 a.m., said California Highway Patrol Officer Francisco Villalobos.
According to CHP and Los Angeles County Coroner's Office reports, Paramount resident John Joseph Olivas was driving on the 91 Freeway just west of Carmenita Road when he lost control of his Toyota 4Runner. Deputy Melvin Guevara, 24, of Riverside, had pulled over to assist Olivas and his passenger, 22-year-old Paramount resident Genaro Garcia Palayo, out of their overturned vehicle.
"While the deputy was giving aid, a 1997 Toyota Camry collided with the 4Runner and struck the deputy," Villalobos said.
The three men were standing outside the overturned SUV when they were struck by Placentia resident Min-Chi Chang, said Lt. Fred Corral of the coroner's Investigations Division. Guevara and Palayo died at the scene, while Olivas and Chang, 28, were transported to a hospital for moderate injuries.
Charges against Chang were pending as authorities continue to investigate the accident, Corral said.
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