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Truck breakdown leads to death on 210 Freeway in Glendora

A van veered off the 210 Freeway in Glendora, striking a parked car and fatally injuring a man standing on the shoulder, authorities said.

Kevin Payne, 50, of Los Angeles was killed in the accident, which occurred about 6:50 p.m. Friday on the westbound side of the road near Lonehill Avenue, said Officer Ed Jacobs of the California Highway Patrol.

Payne’s Toyota truck had broken down earlier in the day and he had returned in a Mercedes-Benz to have the vehicle towed. A van driven by Toby K. Okleshen, 36, of Las Vegas drifted off the freeway and struck the Mercedes, which slammed into Payne and propelled him onto the bed of the truck, Jacobs said.

Payne was airlifted to County-USC Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead. Okleshen suffered minor injuries. Investigators are still trying to determine why the van veered off the road, Jacobs said.

-- Carla Rivera

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Quote: Investigators are still trying to determine why the van veered off the road, Jacobs said.
Answer: For whatever reason they have shown a person tends to STEER in the direction of where one is looking. So I would venture a guess the driver was looking at the accident and slowly steered into it.

I wonder why the authorities did not airlift him to Glendora Presbyterian only a mile away from the collision.

the van drifted off the road because the driver wasnt paying enough attention? think that could have been the cause?

Kevin Payne was a bus driver for one of the companies that serves downtown Los Angeles. I first met him when I was helping my brother look for a particular bus yard.I saw a parked bus and asked the driver standing next to the bus, if he could help me. Have you ever met a person that was totally approachable? Big smile, hand extended,a sincere feeling of, happy to meet you. That was Kevin Payne. Definately full of the Spirit of love. My brother Christoper and I will truly miss you and your smile. Chris was impressed with your spirit, I was impressed with such a friendly person full of the spirit. RC

In response to Raymond Clavesilla's comment yes my Uncle Kevin was a very sweet kind loving man very approchable full of life he just had that look you know what I mean, my uncle didnt have a mean bone in his body he was always smiling even at the end when I saw him at the General Hospital he had a smile:)... My Uncle Kevin loved his children Kevin Jr. 17 an Kamree 10. My Uncle Kevin never called me by my name he always called me Niece I will truly miss that I will miss his phone calls the holiday dinners he always made things fun....I love you uncle Kevin I will truly miss you rest peacefully now as you are with the Heavenly Father up above...

Love your Niece Christine

Kevin Payne was the MOST liked driver on the Dash circuit. He always had a kind word for all. Everyday, when I got on the Dash Kevin would ask how my day was and make sure that I had a smile on my face. He was so courteous and mindful of all his passengers. Our safety was his main concern. Everyone loved riding his bus. I will truly miss him and his "big" heart. The Dash will NEVER be the same without him and his kind spirit. My thoughts and prayers are with his family, especially his son, who is a senior this year in high school. Kevin was especially proud of him. Keep your head up "Lil" Kevin... your dad is smiling down on you from above!

I too am going to miss him. The holidays will not be the same without him. This is how I was honored to meet Mr. Kevin Payne. Having no family in Ca my dear friend Christine told me her family had a place for me at thier table. Kevin had no problem as did the rest of the wonderful family making sure I was treated like family. He sure did love to crack his jokes, and he would get you good too, but in such a loving way. Personality is an understaement, he was FULL OF LIFE. RIP "Uncle Kevin" xoxo

To the Payne Family, I'm so sorry for your lost.My family and I are very sadden by this lost.When we got the news we could not beleive it,Kevin was the fourth brother I never had and was always joking around,,laughing and just haveing fun and a good father. Kevin, we love u RIP you will be missed..

The Moody Family...( Denise )

I had the privilege of meeting Kevin not too long ago. He was truly unique. I have never met a person so full of Life. I will miss him on this earth, but one day soon I will chat with this friend of mine. My condolences to his family and friends. May his joyful memories be forever constant in your hearts. John 3:16-18


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