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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