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2 killed by wrong-way driver on 91 Freeway identified

A 26-year-old man and 24-year-old woman killed by a wrong-way driver on the 91 Freeway in Anaheim were identified Thursday as Alan Reyes, of Diamond Bar, and Vanessa Cease, of Long Beach.

Officials said the two were killed shortly after 1 a.m. Wednesday when Anthony Louis Fragoso, 21, of South Gate, drove his white 1996 Mercedes-Benz west in the eastbound car-pool lane, colliding with Reyes' car.

Reyes and Cease, a single mother, were pronounced dead at the scene. Fragoso was listed in critical condition at UCI Medical Center. Deputy Dist. Atty. Susan Price said doctors may have to amputate one of his legs.

Whether Fragoso was under the influence of drugs or alcohol remained under investigation, said Officer Ray Payton of the California Highway Patrol. Fragoso was booked Wednesday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence, Payton said.

Officials said more charges will be added if Fragoso is found to have been under the influence, and prosecutors said they would seek $150,000 bail.


2 killed by wrong-way driver on 91 Freeway

-- Nate Jackson

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You know a 'simple' fix for this 'problem' of wrong way drivers on the freeways is available. Put those spike strips that go 'one way' at the exits of freeways so that ANYONE coming in that way will get ALL their tires FLAT. Anyone then who is stuck on the outbound lanes will be 'suspect' as to WHY their car is IN that lane going IN rather than OUT. Just leaving the car there will do no good as it can be 'identified' by its registration. Too many 'innocents' have died in this manner and I'm SURE the cost of putting those things there would be LESS than what the state has to pay (or insurance companies) later in wrongful death suits. JUST A THOUGHT..........

Why was this single mother out at 1 am? She should have been home with her baby.

If he was under the influence then I hope he is fried to death. We will have to wait and see................

@Tony...the main reason that isn't done is then the CHP and fire department couldn't gain access to the freeway if they needed to do via an offramp. There are numerous collisions on the freeway where this is the only way they are able to get to the victims...

Excuse me, "u know"...

This "single mother" went out to dinner with her boyfriend of over a year on a night when her daughter was with her father. They were driving home after a late dinner, just like I'm sure you've done many times, as I'm sure we've all done many times. The question here isn't, "Why was she out?". It's "What the hell was someone doing speeding down the freeway on the WRONG SIDE?" Nobody deserves this... not Vanessa, not Alan, not their families, and especially not her daughter. I hope justice is served; not that that will lessen the grief for any involved.

Don't post ignorant things when you know anything about the situation. Two beautiful people lost their lives in a senseless tragedy and that's all you have to say? Get off your computer and go enroll in a vocational school or something (if they'll take you).

@ u know: can you be anymore ignorant?whose fault is this?? Obviously the guy driving on the wrong side . take your cruel comment elsewhere. Vanessa was a beautiful lady who loved her daughter. If it wasn't her and her bf as victims, it would have been someone else. Then what? You would have searched for another excuse on why someone was driving at 1am?? Thunk about it because you obviously don't know!

@tarra, nicely said.

I've called for Tire Spikes on exit ramps for over 30 years. It's a VERY
inexpensive solution to a growing problem. This is especially true in a society
where there is no common language that can be agreed upon.

For those that say the Police and Fire cannot acess the offramps for emergencies, give them a 2X8 piece of wood to carry. They may find all kinds of uses for the wood, not just just placing them over the spikes!

If they haven't determined that he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol, why is he being charge with vehicular manslaughter? It's an accident that he went in the wrong way.

hey "u know," maybe you shouldn't be such a judgemental git and just be careful the next time you drive? do the world a favor and get off your ignorant high horse.

for all those who would like to support the cease and reyes families, donations will be taken for them at a starbucks in whitter on beverly/norwalk and a car-wash will be set up on saturday 1/22/2011 in pico at the 58 bar and grill. please extend your love and support at this time of need!

Please help the Cease and Reyes family. Donations will be taken for them at a Starbucks in Whittier on Beverly and Norwalk AND we will be hosting a huge car-wash from 9-6 THIS Saturday in Pico at the 58 bar and Grill. PLEASE COME AND SUPPORT this family in their time of need.

Tara- Put that fool in his place! I am a single mother and my ex takes my daughter on some occasions. There is no reason to place ANY blame on Vanessa or Alan. 23 is a time to date and have fun. That doesn't have to stop because the night gets late. They were adults and way more responsible than the wrong way, inconsiderate waste of a human being or Tony-foot-in-mouth. If you were close with Vanessa and Alan, I am truly sorry for your loss. They were a gorgeous couple and her baby was lucky to have her for the short time she did. Vanessa was lucky to have such a sweet boyfriend to treat her to a nice dinner. I hope they had a good time. RIP

there were 3 people involved in this accident and there should be support and empathy for the surviving individual who has to live with this for the rest of his life.


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