[UPDATED] A chain-reaction pile-up on the 210 Freeway in Monrovia on Wednesday afternoon resulted in the deaths of two women — one of them 95 years old — and the arrest of the driver who allegedly triggered the wreck on suspicion of DUI, authorities said.
The multi-vehicle collision took place about 2:50 p.m. in the eastbound lanes of the freeway near Huntington Drive, California Highway Patrol officials said.
Humberto Gonzalez, 49, of Pacoima was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck at an unknown speed in the carpool lane when he rear-ended a 2008 Lexus ES 350 that was slowing down due to traffic ahead, according to Officer C. Chen of the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office.
The Silverado slammed into the back of the Lexus, pushing the car forward into a 2013 Ford F-150 pickup truck in front of it, Chen said in a written statement. The impact subsequently pushed the Ford into a 2017 Chevrolet Tahoe that was in front of it, before the Tahoe was pushed into a 2017 Mazda 3 in front of it.
“The Lexus was left spinning from the initial impact and several vehicles struck the Lexus prior to coming to a rest,” Chen said.
Paramedics pronounced a passenger in the Lexus dead at the scene, he said.
She was identified as Imogene Lea Haley, 95, of Temple City, according to Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner spokeswoman Sarah Ardalani.
The driver of the Lexus, initially described only as female, was taken to a hospital where she ultimately succumbed to her injuries, Chen said. Her identity was not available Thursday.
“Drugs and/or alcohol do appear to be a factor,” Chen said.
Gonzalez, who complained of pain to his legs, was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
Paramedics examined numerous patients at the scene, but no other major injuries were reported by the CHP.
Gonzalez was arrested on suspicion of DUI.
According to Los Angeles County booking records, bail was set at $100,000 pending his initial appearance in the Pasadena branch of L.A. County Superior Court, which was scheduled Friday.
Officials shut down the eastbound 210 Freeway as a result of the crash, and a Sig Alert continued affecting lanes through 7:30 p.m.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, was urged to contact Officer B. Thomas at the CHP’s Baldwin Park-area office at (626) 338-1164.
CORRECTION: A previous version of this story incorrectly stated the time of the collision. The article has been updated.
— Kevin Takumi (@KevinTakumi) June 23, 2021