Newly Reopened Angeles Crest Highway Claims Two Lives

Angeles Crest Highway at Islip Saddle photo by justinm via flickr.

Closed for nearly 18 months following the Station Fire, the newly reopened section of Angeles Crest Highway registered two fatal accidents on Friday, according to L.A. Now and 818 Now.

A 48-year-old man plunged approximately 675 feet to his death after driving his car over the edge of the highway above La Cañada Flintridge at about 4:30 p.m. on Friday. According to the California Highway Patrol, the unnamed Monterey Park resident "abruptly turned left at a straightaway west of Angeles Forest Highway," causing the accident.

Earlier, around 3:00 a.m., 21-year-old Julio Velasquez of Pasadena was killed when he crashed into a tree near mile marker 31 after losing control of his vehicle. CHP officers suspect alcohol may have been a factor in that death and are awaiting coroner’s toxicology reports.