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Two killed while changing a tire on 605 Freeway are identified

November 28, 2010 |  1:35 pm

Authorities have released the names of two men who died Saturday after being struck by an out-of-control car while changing a tire on the shoulder of a freeway in Irwindale.

Pedro Pedroza, 43, of Azusa, died at the scene of the accident, which happened at about 11 a.m. on the southbound 605 Freeway, south of Arrow Highway, said Lt. Cheryl MacWillie of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office. His companion, Ricardo Beltran, 49, of West Covina, was airlifted to County-USC Hospital,  where he was pronounced dead.

The two men, identified as co-workers, were trying to change a flat tire when a driver lost control of his Ford Taurus while trying to avoid a car that suddenly changed lanes in front of him, said California High Patrol Officer Ed Jacobs.

The driver of the Taurus was going about 70 miles per hour, faster than the 65-mph limit, but speed was not necessarily a factor in the crash, which remains under investigation, Jacobs said.

The Taurus also struck another car. No one else was seriously injured.

-- Howard Blume