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Two fatal accidents on newly reopened Angeles Crest Highway


The newly reopened section of Angeles Crest Highway recorded two fatal accidents Friday.

A Monterey Park man drove his car off the edge of Angeles Crest Highway above La Cañada Flintridge and tumbled to his death Friday afternoon, reported 818 Now. At about 4:30 p.m., the 48-year-old driver abruptly turned left at a straightaway west of Angeles Forest Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol, causing his 2008 sedan to plunge more than 600 feet down the mountainside. 

At about 3 a.m. Friday, Julio Velasquez, a 21-year-old Pasadena man, lost control of his car and crashed into a tree near mile marker 31. CHP officers believe alcohol may have played a role in Velasquez’ death, but coroner’s toxicology reports are not yet complete. 

The Angeles Crest Highway, damaged by the Station fire and resulting floods, reopened Friday after being closed for 17 months.


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-- Bill Kisliuk, Times Community News

Photo: A highway signs points to Angeles Crest Highway. The road reopened Friday after being closed 17 months. Credit: Los Angeles Times

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