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Three motorists killed overnight in separate accidents

December 22, 2012 | 12:18 pm

Three motorists were killed overnight in separate accidents in which vehicles crashed into utility poles, authorities said.

A 61-year-old woman died after she veered off Lomita Boulevard at hit a light pole about 11 p.m. Friday, according to Torrance police. Her name wasn’t released pending notification of family, and the accident remains under investigation.

About an hour later, near Baldwin Park, an SUV eastbound at 80 mph in the westbound lanes of Gladstone Street slammed into a vehicle at the intersection with Jackson Avenue, killing its driver, a 55-year-old Azusa man, authorities said. His name hasn’t been released.

The SUV’s driver, Juan C. Salinas-Reyes, 38, of Azusa, was arrested on suspicion of DUI and vehicular manslaughter, the California Highway Patrol said. Salinas-Reyes, who was treated for minor injuries, ended up crashing his vehicle into a light pole.

About 2 a.m., near West Covina, a Baldwin Park man veered his 1974 Volkswagen Beetle across oncoming traffic on San Bernardino Road and crashed into a wooden utility pole, the California Highway Patrol said. The cause of the crash was unknown.

Andrew Joey Villagran, 25, was taken by paramedics to County-USC Medical Center, where he later died.

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