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Victims of fatal 60 Freeway crash identified

August 11, 2012 | 10:03 am

This post has been corrected, as noted below.

Two victims of a fatal traffic crash on the 60 Freeway in Monterey Park were identified Saturday, authorities said.

Jorge A. Perez, 34, and Beatriz Castilla, 31, both of Los Angeles, were identified as the victims killed in the collision that occurred about 10:15 p.m. Thursday on the westbound 60 Freeway, authorities said.

Salvador Tamayo, 39, was arrested and charged with felony DUI in connection with the crash, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Perez and Castilla were driving on the freeway just east of Atlantic Boulevard when their Honda Civic hit the bumper of a big-rig, sending their vehicle into the center divider where it became disabled in the far left lane.

Moments later, Tamayo’s Ford pickup truck slammed into the right side of the Civic, sending it 200 feet down the road before the truck ultimately came to rest on top of the sedan, the CHP said.

Tamayo sustained minor injuries and was transported to L.A. County-USC Medical Center, the CHP said.

The investigation of the crash is ongoing.

[For the record, 2:10 p.m. Monday, Aug. 13: An earlier version of this post misspelled Beatriz Castilla's name, based on incorrect information provided by California Highway Patrol.]


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