The family of a motorcyclist killed in a 14 Freeway crash Thursday evening is raising money for funeral expenses and to help the wife and daughters he left behind.
Just before 7 p.m. on May 20, Johnny Christensen, 40, was traveling home on the 14 Freeway when a collision with a big rig occurred, resulting in fatal injuries.
“I was in total shock and disbelief,” said his sister-in-law, Reina Fierroz-Lopez.
Christensen is remembered as an amazing father and provider for his daughter, Jaelyn, 11, and step-daughter, Jade, 17. He also helped raise two other step-children Alyssa, 26, and Anthony, 32, as his own.
A Santa Clarita resident for 15 years, Christensen was well-known in the community, Fierroz-Lopez said.
“He was such a happy man, everyone that knew him just loved him,” she said.
Christensen would help as many people as possible, he didn’t judge anyone by their appearance, according to Fierroz-Lopez.
Now, his family is devastated by the loss and trying to cope with the tragedy.
“Lydia, his wife, is just beside herself, as you can imagine,” Fierroz-Lopez said.
A GoFundMe has been created to assist with funeral costs and other bills, according to the sister-in-law.
“We just want to ease some of the anxiety,” she said. “The Santa Clarita community has been so supportive.”
As of Sunday afternoon, the page has raised over $6,500 of the $8,000 goal, with every cent going to Christensen’s wife, Lydia, according to Fierroz-Lopez.
“We are very grateful for any support during this tragic heart-wrenching time,” she said.
To donate to the GoFundMe, visit here.
Man Killed After Falling Down Manhole In Panorama City Hit-And-Run Crash
Detectives are investigating a Panorama City crash after a man was killed when a vehicle drove over a manhole cover, causing the person to fall.
On Saturday, July 10, at about 10:25 a.m., a Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck was traveling westbound on Parthenia Street, when the truck drove over a manhole as a pedestrian underneath was attempting to open the cover, according to the Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD).
As the vehicle drove over the manhole cover it was pushed down on top of the pedestrian who fell back down the manhole, according to detectives.
The driver of the white 2008-2012 Silverado continued driving westbound on Parthenia Street has not been identified, investigators said.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded to the scene and pronounced the victim dead on arrival, according to the LAPD.
The pedestrian was a male in his 20’s. His name will not be released until the next of kin is notified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
“The public is reminded that manholes are used for city services to access various maintenance tunnels that are located underground,” LAPD officials said. “Manhole covers should not be disturbed or moved due to their weight and could cause serious injury or death.”
On April 15, 2015, the L.A. City Council amended the Los Angeles Administrative Code and created a Hit and Run Reward Program Trust Fund.
A reward of up to $50,000 is available to community members who provide information leading to the offender’s identification, apprehension, and conviction or resolution through a civil compromise, according to the LAPD.
The investigation is ongoing, anyone who may have witnessed or have information regarding this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Division Officer Takishita at (818)-644-8116 or Detective Buenaventura at (818) 644-8035.
During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 877-527-3247. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477 or visit here.
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Wrong-Way 14 Freeway Crash Results In Big Rig ‘Fully Involved’ With Fire
Multiple people were injured after a 14 Freeway crash, possibly caused by a wrong-way driver, that resulted in a big rig “fully involved” with fire Friday afternoon.
The incident was reported at about 2:44 p.m. Friday near the northbound 14 Freeway at Crown Valley Road in Agua Dulce, according to Charisma Murillo, spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
A full brush assignment was sent to the crash after the big rig fire spread to the surrounding area, Murillo said.
One person was trapped as a result of the collision and another was reported to have sustained burn injuries, according to Fire officials.
A helicopter from L.A. County Fire Air Operations was requested to the scene, according to Murillo.
Two victims, one with critical burns, were airlifted to a local hospital, according to Jon Matheny, public information officer for the department.
Forward progress of the blaze was later stopped at about a quarter acre, according to Fire officials.
Initial reports from the California Highway Patrol (CHP) indicated a wrong-way driver was involved in the collision.
A SigAlert was issued just before 3 p.m. for the closure of all lanes of the northbound 14 Freeway for an unknown duration, according to CHP logs.
The CHP updated the SigAlert at about 3:30 p.m. with an estimated duration of two hours for the northbound 14 Freeway closure.
Note: This is a breaking news story, more information will be added as it becomes available.
Man Killed In Canyon Country Crash On Soledad Canyon Identified
A man killed after being trapped inside a vehicle in a Canyon Country crash Thursday evening has been identified.
The three-vehicle crash was reported at about 5:45 p.m. on the 17600 block of Soledad Canyon Road near Canyon Country Park, according to Supervisor Jeremy Stafford with the Los Angeles County Fire Department.
Two people were injured in the collision. One victim was declared dead on scene and another was transported to a local hospital, Stafford said.
Deputies with the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station responded to conduct traffic control and investigate the incident.
Luis Vega, 31, of Canyon Country, was killed in the crash, according to a watch commander for the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner-Coroner’s Office.
The condition of the second victim is unknown as of Friday morning.
Note: This story has been updated with the identity of the victim killed in the crash.
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