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Motorist Killed In 101 Freeway Crash In Sherman Oaks; Truck Driver Arrested For DUI

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A motorist was killed early this morning when his SUV rear-ended a box truck and caught fire on the 101 Freeway in Sherman Oaks, and the truck driver was arrested on suspicion of DUI, authorities said.

The crash was reported at 1:50 a.m. on the eastbound Ventura Freeway at Van Nuys Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) West Valley Area Office.

The SUV’s sole occupant, a 30- to 40-year-old man, died at the scene, said the Los Angeles Fire Department’s Margaret Stewart.

Authorities withheld the name of the fatally injured man, who was from Ventura, pending notification of his relatives. There were no other patients, Stewart said.

The driver of the truck, identified as 29-year-old Michael Snee of Beverly Hills, was booked on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, according to the CHP and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department. He was held on $15,000 bail.

 According to the CHP, an arriving officer found the Freightliner box truck stopped in the No. 4 lane of the freeway with the SUV partially beneath the larger vehicle, and as the officer approached the wreckage, the SUV caught fire.

The officer put out the flames with a fire extinguisher, but the driver died, the CHP reported.

“A DUI investigation was conducted on Michael Snee and he was placed under arrest for suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs,” the CHP reported. “The sequence of events in the collision are still under investigation.

A CHP officer at the scene said that the box truck had stopped in the No. 4 lane with what the truck driver claimed were mechanical issues. Some freeway lanes were blocked in the area while an investigation was conducted into the crash.

Anyone with information on the crash was urged to call the CHP West Valley Area Office at 818-888-0980.

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One Killed, One Hospitalized After Agua Dulce Crash On Sierra Highway

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One person was killed and another was hospitalized after an Agua Ducle crash on Sierra Highway Wednesday morning. 

A vehicle crashed into a ditch at about 5:30 a.m. Wednesday near the 12600 block of Sierra Highway, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP) Traffic Management Center. 

Firefighters later responded to the solo-vehicle crash, according to Marvin Lim, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.

“It came in as a (traffic collision) with persons trapped,” Lim said. 

One person was extricated from the vehicle and transported to a local hospital via ambulance, according to Lim. 

The second victim was pronounced dead on arrival, according to the spokesperson.

A helicopter was requested to the scene but was later canceled, according to Lim. 

The identity of the victim is unknown pending an examination and notification of next of kin by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office. 

Officers with the CHP Antelope Valley Area Office are expected to remain on scene for an unknown duration, according to a dispatcher with the office. 

The cause of the crash is under investigation. 

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GoFundMe Created For 9-Year-Old Boy Killed In 14 Freeway Crash

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The family of a 9-year-old boy killed in a 14 Freeway crash last week has created a GoFundMe to raise money for funeral costs. 

Isaiah Lammar Davis is described as a “sweet, loving, intelligent 9-year-old,” said Queenbri Love, a family member in the GoFundMe. 

“This is a devastating loss to our family,” Love wrote. “He was deeply loved and he will be deeply missed. We are raising money to cover funeral costs and any help is greatly appreciated. God Bless and thank you for your support.”

The crash incident was reported at about 10:50 p.m. on April 5 near Avenue N on the northbound 14 Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

A motorist veered into the center divider, then tried to reenter the freeway at approximately 65 miles per hour, according to investigators.

The vehicle overturned after the driver lost control, went across all lanes of traffic, and hit a dirt embankment, according to CHP officials.

Davis was thrown from the vehicle and died at the scene, according to investigators.

The 56-year-old driver suffered minor injuries and a 28-year-old woman riding in the car had moderate injuries, according to the CHP.

A 1-year-old boy and a 1-month-old boy, both in the vehicle, also suffered minor injuries, investigators said.

Alcohol or drugs were not considered to be factors in the crash and the incident is still under investigation as of Tuesday, according to CHP officials.

To donate to the GoFundMe, visit here.

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One Killed In Sun Valley Crash On 5 Freeway

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One person was killed Saturday in a Sun Valley crash on the 5 Freeway.

The incident was reported just before noon Saturday on the southbound 5 Freeway near Sunland Boulevard, according to Margaret Stewart, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD).

Upon arrival, firefighters reported one person trapped inside a vehicle, according to Stewart.

The vehicle crashed into a tree and overturned, according to California Highway Patrol (CHP) logs.

“Sadly, the patient was determined dead on scene,” Stewart said.

One task force is expected to remain to assist CHP officers, the spokesperson added.

A SigAlert was issued for the closure of the No. 3 and 4 lanes as well as the Sunland Boulevard offramp to the southbound 5 Freeway for about one hour, according to the CHP.

The identity of the victim is unknown, pending an examination by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.

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