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Los Angeles County, California — May 29, 2012

Police say a stranded motorist died Tuesday during a collision on a freeway in the Willowbrook area of Los Angeles.

According to troopers with the California Highway Patrol, 19-year-old Los Angeles resident Christopher Rivera was behind the wheel of a 2007 Honda Civic as it traveled near the junction of eastbound Interstate 105 and northbound Interstate 110. Shortly after midnight, Mr. Rivera’s vehicle experienced mechanical failure, stopping in the merge zone.

A 2006 Nissan Sentra, operated by 22-year-old Lynwood resident Mark A. Urbina, then approached from the west. Mr. Urbina was unable to avoid the stopped Civic and smashed into it, causing the Sentra to catch fire.

Paramedics rushed Mr. Rivera to St. Francis Medical Center, but doctors were unable to save him. Mr. Urbina was hurt, although it is unclear whether he required hospitalization.

Officers detected the presence of impairment about Mr. Urbina and he was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence. According to the California Department of Motor Vehicles, alcohol was a factor in 1,489 traffic fatalities in 2007.

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  • Oakwater

    This is tragic. Christopher just graduated form Fremont High School two years ago. He was just starting his life. The true tragedy in this is that he has a twin. I can’t imagine how he will deal with his twin brother’s death.

  • Echeverriaj52

    it is crazy christopher was a good kid he was my clasmate had good grades had no problems with no one. may u R.I.P

  • Oakwater

    My heart goes out to the Rivera they are having a difficult time healing from Christopher passing. My heart especially goes out to his identical twin brother Christian who within this year have fought throw the pain of losing his soulmate..