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Update: Victim's Family Responds to Fatal Freeway Crash

All lanes of the southbound Pasadena Freeway have reopened after a fatal crash on the highway early Tuesday morning.

Update: The 18-year-old teen who died in a car accident on the Arroyo Seco Parkway Tuesday morning was confirmed by the L.A. Coroner's office as Agustin Velasquez.

According to Velasquez's aunt, Leah Reyes, he was a recent high school graduate who lived in City Terrace. Friends and family referred to him as "Freddie."

"He was just a nice and friendly kid, he never got into trouble," Reyes said. "It's just such a shock, I had just seen him two days ago."

His mother, Jenny Velasquez, said her son had taken a job at a warehouse immediately after graduating to save money for college.

"He graduated in July. He got a job and started working graveyard shifts so he could save money for college," Velasquez said. "He was a good kid, he wanted to be a music producer."

Velasquez said her son had purchased the car that he was driving at the time of the accident with the money he saved from his warehouse job.

"He just bought the car a month ago," she said.

Original Article: An 18-year-old male from Los Angeles was killed around 1 a.m. Tuesday after losing control of his vehicle on the southbound Pasadena (110) Freeway just south of Orange Grove Avenue in South Pasadena, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The man was driving at an unsafe speed, before veering off and hitting the center concrete wall of the freeway, accordng to reports. His Honda was then hit by another male driver, 78, from Artesia, who was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. 

The 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A passing vehicle hit the debris from the Honda, but there were no additional injuries. 

The crash resulted in the closure of all southbound lanes, however they have reopened since the accident. The collision is still under investigation, according to CHP.

This is the second fatal crash to occur on the freeway in the past eight months. In August,

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TRT March 07, 2012 at 01:31 AM
To the best of my knowledge, it has been declared illegal to use cameras but it may be appropriate on this parkway if they are utilized. Here there should be no arguments/ questions about if the driver was in intersection on yellow, red, etc. This may slow down the driver who have no common sense and respect to themselves and to others......
Charles D March 07, 2012 at 01:34 AM
Someone has to get Cal Trans attention here, before anymore fatalities occur. Perhaps lowering the speed limit to allow other drivers room to maneuver when there is an unexpected disabled vehicle in the roadway. The on / off ramps are very short in terms of deceleration and acceleration. I'm not an engineer but in my opinion it appears the 110 freeway is exceptionally dangerous to users and have been fatal. Heck, just the presence of the California highway patrol in that stretch of freeway can save lives.
Denise Durrett March 07, 2012 at 04:55 AM
I heard this accident happen last night. The squeal of the tires woke me first, and lasted for a long time before I heard the impact of the car hitting the median. Then the same sounds again as the other driver hit the first car. I could tell it was bad, but I was hoping that everyone would be ok. I also heard the emergency responders- they arrived very quickly but I doubt there was anything that could be done. I'm so sorry for this young man's family.
Marvion March 07, 2012 at 08:04 AM
Snitch'n in time rhyme: the tune up // $7.10 gas line// do 'n 110 mph on 110 save'n times // chatextedrivers saved some cell time// phone 24/7 _ 03`11`2012_ 55 saves lives! pray er phone required// omg // never mime
Susan R March 07, 2012 at 04:11 PM
Drivers must take responsibility for their own actions. Young males pay the highest auto insurance rates for a reason. Usually, not always, they have the highest rate of risky behaviour. There is no way to know if the young man died due to hitting the wall or from the car that rearended him. An insurance claim should still be made on the driver that rearended him to see if the insurance will pay out some money to help the family. Just because someone is stopped does not give someone else the right to run into you. No one is talking about the older guy that rearended him is at fault for the accident HE caused. Sorry to the friends and family and others for your great loss.
Susan R March 07, 2012 at 04:14 PM
Just for clarification, insurance companies do not pay just to help you out. If their driver is found at fault for the accident, after all he was rearended, they will pay out. Hope the other driver has a good insurance company that does the right thing. It pays to have a good insurance company.
Jones Foyer March 07, 2012 at 07:39 PM
What do you suggest? How can you reduce someone's speed when they speed by choice?
lposada March 08, 2012 at 01:49 AM
R.I. P Freedie your were a great person bearly starting to live sadly your candle was blown out. This sadness u left on everyones heart is not wishes to anyone. You were a young man who was planning to make a future of himself and maybe someday help others sadly it wont happen but only god knows why he took u and gave us friends and family a guarding angel. We love u and u will be missed. REST IN PEACE FREEDIE!! :"( your mom and dad andsisters and brother miss u just as everyone u gave a smile or even made contact will miss u always. YOur gone but never forgotten
lposada March 08, 2012 at 01:58 AM
REST IN PEACE FREEDIE YOU LEFT US ALL WITH HUGE PAIN WISH THIS WONT OF HAPPEN. YOU WERE A YOUNG MAN STARTED TO LIVE WITH A GREAT FUTURE BEFORE HIM SADLY THIS HAPPEN BUT WE ALL KNOW U WILL NOW WATCH OVER US ALL. YOU WILL ALWAYS BE IN OUR HEARTS.
Sarah Bucolic March 08, 2012 at 05:06 AM
I think a start would be to have CHP out there giving tickets. Yeah the thought of cops passing out tickets gets everyone all upset, but maybe if the speeding was monitored and a consequence was given for the speeding it would at least cut down. I think that lowering the speed limit will not do a thing, because the people who speed will speed regardless of the speed limit set. Usually people who speed are risk takers and get some kind of thrill out of that risk, so hearing that people are dying from speeding won't do a thing either. Money is usually what makes people stop and listen, and speed tickets can be pretty hefty and it puts a mark on your record. I'd rather be late to where I'm going than not make it there at all.
marty c March 08, 2012 at 08:55 PM
The historical roadway is dangerous - the new (non historical) center concrete wall and walls to the right and lack of shoulders and controlled access - it should be removed as a highway and made a street or Boulevard with stop signs or lights. Lets stop worring about getting people through to down town efficiently but safely. It should end at Figeroa Street with a new China town exit that avoids the 5.
marty c March 08, 2012 at 09:07 PM
People are killed on this roadway usually for stopping and getting rear ended. Most accidents can be prevented in some way but they still occur. Just as bridges need retrofits to comply with the times - so do roadways. Caltrans should issue a report of all the current deficiency to this highway for current traffic and posted speed limits - also under wet weather conditions - there is inadequate stopping distances on most of the curves.
marty c March 08, 2012 at 09:08 PM
try 20 mph
marty c March 08, 2012 at 09:23 PM
NOT LONG AGO - THE DISCUSSION WAS ABOUT A 2 YEAR OLD KILLED BY A REAR END ACCIDENT ON THE PARKWAY - I BELIEVE THE CAR RAN OUT OF GAS. SAME OLD OPINIONS SURFACED - SORROW FOR THE DECEASED AND THE FAMILIES - BLAME WHO AND WHAT YOU WANT. R.I.P.
Kristina March 09, 2012 at 12:12 AM
I drive this freeway every day and evening to and from work, and it is also a main artery for me to exit Pasadena on weekends. I have seen some foolish driving in my day, but never like that on this freeway of extreme curves. The speed limit is 55 mph., but of course no one goes the speed limit these days, and most people insist on going at least 80 mph. on this freeway. Sometimes, especially in the rain, they are taught an unfortunate object lesson about why the speed limit is 55, tops. Driver error is nearly always to blame, and the only real people who can reduce speeds are the speeders who simply cannot take their foot or their egos off the gas no matter what the conditions or the circumstances. It's thinking you can drive any reckless way you want regardless is what's hubris!
KingSlav March 09, 2012 at 12:19 AM
Why not go back to the horse and buggy?
Kristina March 09, 2012 at 12:24 AM
only they can save their own lives. there is more to driving than owning a car. most people do not have the skills to drive the way they do .. excessive speeds, cutting in and out of lanes, tail-gaiting .. they are a disaster waiting to happen, and the only people who can save them are them.
Ann Marie March 09, 2012 at 12:47 AM
Sending my condolences and prayers to Freddie's family and friends, plus a prayer to Freddie that his soul rest in peace. I don't know him nor his family but my heart goes out to them all.
Ron Rosen March 09, 2012 at 01:36 AM
It was a flat tire, marty c. If you get a flat on the 110, drive off the freeway. Even if you destroy your tire and wheel, you're better off than stopping on those blind curves.
Rebecca T. March 09, 2012 at 01:14 PM
The 110 fwy is just scary all together. I try and avoid it if I can. I opt to take streets to and from Pasadena. My condolences to his family. This much be such a hard time for them. We all make mistakes, unforetunately he made the ultimate one
Carl Showalter March 09, 2012 at 08:27 PM
This is actually not such a bad idea. Since renovating it into a real highway is apparently a non-starter, just turn the damn thing into a boulevard. An extra 15 minutes to get to Pasadena won't hurt anyone.
Linda J April 21, 2012 at 08:34 PM
I'm pretty sure Freddy didn't choose to end his life. Freddy was speeding, true, but this didn't kill him. Before hitting the center divider he tried swerving his wheel to avoid crashing but it locked up, but he was still alive. When the the second car hit him he died.
Jenny O June 11, 2012 at 07:58 PM
Hi Linda, this is Freddy's mom.. you are so correct its exactly what happend. all I've been reading is all the negative comments and blaming.. Yes My son was speeding but he did not harm anyone but him self. and was still alive before his life was taken by another. Yes my son made a mistake but the sad thing was he didnt get the chance to live and correct that mistake! He was a good kid never gave anyone trouble. I don't know what caused him to speed or what happened that night. I have many unanswered questions. But as a mother I hope you all understand and not sit here and point fingers but try and fix a problem.
Kris June 12, 2012 at 01:51 AM
I agree completely with the post that people shouldn't speed and drive recklessly on this freeway in particular, but they do it anyway, and they're not going to stop. I've seen drivers on the 110 Pasadena do things where I literally couldn't believe my eyes, crazy things, insane things. The problem can only be solved if the CHP patrols this freeway night and day and gives everyone going more than 55 mph. or cutting in and out of lanes ticket after ticket after ticket until no one does it anymore. Until they entirely revamp the freeway, which they are not going to do anytime soon, it's the only way. A stop has to be put to people like the girl who said this freeway "is an awesome raceway." That attitude will get her and maybe the rest of us killed .. it is NOT a raceway.
Hooper Humperdink June 12, 2012 at 04:53 PM
Yes, such hubris! BOY SEIZED IN 90-M.P.H. CHASE ON ARROYO SECO Los Angeles Times (1886-Current File); May 9, 1944; ProQuest Historical Newspapers Los Angeles Times (1881 - 1985) pg. A1 … Young Driver Captured Lyle D. Clawson, 17, of 12011 Otsego St., was run to the curb by police after a chase along the [Arroyo Seco] parkway. He was cited for reckless driving and certified to Juvenile Court. A companion, Rold D. Dory, 12386 Riverside Srive, was not held. ... This freeway, and our street, are designed to move cars as fast as possible while keeping fatalities within "acceptable" maximums. The engineers minimize each crash and death with rates of death per millions of vehicle trips on a stretch of road. Those of us sane enough to see what is going on, don't care about millions of trips - but on where and how many crashes and deaths occur at certain areas of our road system.
David Fonseca (Editor) June 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hi Jenny, thanks for commenting. Many of us make mistakes in life and are fortunate enough to walk away from them. I'm deeply sorry that Freddie did not have the opportunity to do just that. To the rest of the commenters--let's keep that in mind and focus instead on what we can all do to make the 110 safer, rather than focus on the actions of any individual driver.
sammiemonique June 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Hmm people with negative comments are you investigators or something? Do you guys work with the CHP or anything related to that? because seems like you guys "do" !! First get the facts and then talk please! if us family don't know exactly what was my cousin thinking how in the world do you guys know? Yes my cousin might have been speeding but then again, how's it possible for him to hit the concrete and instantly pass away but then yet the second car was at a "safe" speed and couldn't see my cousin? Think people, if Freddy was or wasn't going at a safe speed he still could have been alive what killed my cousin was the second car! How can the second car no have seen him? how can he not just moved to the side some bit before hitting my cousin? Quit blaming my cousin and get your facts straight and do some thinking before talking !!!
nonoise June 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Sam, that is what I said too.
nonoise June 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
That is what I said too, see Susan R above.
Jacqueline December 27, 2012 at 01:08 AM
My cousin was a great kid had no enemies Yeh maybe he was speeding but you can't blame Wat you don't know n see. If it was any of yr family members you would feel hurt his like our family so plz no negative comments!!! Merry Christmas n happy new years cousin we love you may you rest in paradise!!!

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