Traffic on the 101 Ventura Freeway. Photo by John Schreiber.
Traffic on the 101 Ventura Freeway. Photo by John Schreiber.

An early morning driver wearing no seat belt was killed on the Ventura (101) Freeway in Studio City Monday in a two-vehicle crash, and the other motorist was arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, authorities said.

The deadly crash jammed morning rush-hour traffic for miles.

There was no word of why an arrest was made.

The crash occurred at about 5:15 a.m. on the westbound freeway at Laurel Canyon Boulevard, causing the shutdown of the westbound Ventura Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Juan Juarez, 39, of Lake View Terrace died at the scene, the CHP reported.

Frederick Flores, 53, of Canoga Park was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter, the CHP reported. He was being held on $100,000 bail, the sheriff’s department reported.

According to the preliminary investigation, Flores was driving a 2009 BMW that had stopped for an unknown reason in the No. 2 lane of the freeway, the CHP reported.

“A 2005 Toyota, being driven by Juarez, was northbound in the No. 2 lane and struck the BMW,” a CHP statement said. “Juarez, who was unrestrained, sustained fatal injuries as a result of the collision and was pronounced deceased on scene …”

Flores suffered minor injuries, and was treated at a hospital before being released into the custody of officers, the CHP reported.

The freeway completely reopened at about 8:45 a.m., the CHP reported.

–Staff and Wire Reports 

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