Authorities Friday identified a man who was killed, along with a woman, when the stalled car in which they were riding was rear-ended by a pickup truck on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.
Paramedics sent about 4:20 a.m. Thursday to the freeway east of Hauser Boulevard found four patients, two of whom were pronounced dead at the scene, Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.
The coroner’s office identified the fatally injured man as 35-year-old Jeli Cabrerra of Los Angeles, and the fatally injured woman as 55-year-old Modesta Guadelupe Tecuapacho, also of Los Angeles.
The two were passengers in a 1999 Nissan Altima that had stalled in the No. 3 lane, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Roberto Gomez.
The driver of the Nissan, a 36-year-old Los Angeles man, suffered a broken femur and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The 33-year-old La Puente man who was the sole occupant of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck suffered a minor facial laceration and declined to be taken to a hospital, Gomez said.
Gomez said CHP officers were responding to assist the driver and passengers in the Nissan when it was struck by the truck.
The Nos. 2, 3 & 4 lanes of the westbound Santa Monica Freeway, just east of Hauser Boulevard, and the Washington Boulevard exit were closed for nearly four hours, triggering a SigAlert, according to the CHP.
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