A man was in custody Thursday, facing possible charges of driving while impaired in connection with a multi-vehicle crash on the eastbound Foothill (210) Freeway in Monrovia that killed two women.
The crash occurred about 3 p.m. Wednesday at West Huntington Drive, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Humberto Gonzalez, 49, of Pacoima suffered minor injuries in the crash, and was arrested and held on $100,000 bail, according to the CHP and Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.
“Drugs and/or alcohol do appear to be a factor,” the CHP said in a statement.
Imogene Haley, 95, of Temple City died at the scene, according to the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. Haley was riding in a 2008 Lexus ES350 being driven by a woman who died at a hospital, according to the CHP. That woman’s name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives.
Gonzalez was driving a 2001 Chevrolet Silverado pickup in the carpool lane behind the Lexus, which was behind several other vehicles, the CHP reported. When the Lexus slowed down because of slower traffic, the pickup rear-ended it, leading to a chain-reaction crash involving three other vehicles. No one in those vehicles was injured.
The eastbound freeway was closed for about two hours while an investigation was conducted into the circumstances of the crash.
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