Update: CHP Releases Details of Fatal Freeway Crash

The car caught on fire immediately after it was rear-ended going southbound on the 110 Friday.

Update: The California Highway Patrol has released its official report of the fatal car crash that took the life of an infant passenger on Friday evening.

The report indicates that driver of the vehicle had pulled over in lane three of the Arroyo Seco Parkway due to a flat front passenger tire.

"[The driver of the second vehicle] collided with the rear of the first vehicle. This caused [the first vehicle] to catch on fire and eventually become fully engulfed.  The 1 year old passenger of [the first vehicle] became trapped in her car seat as a result of the collision. Attempts were made by the involved parties and witnesses to remove the child from the vehicle but they were overcome by the fire and unsuccessful in their attempts.  The child sustained fatal injuries."

According to CHP's incident report, drugs or alcohol were "not a factor" in the incident. No arrests were made.

Update: According to City News Service, several residents who lived near the 110 freeway attempted to rescue the toddler who died in a fiery car crash on Friday evening.

One of the neighbors who attempted to save the child, identified as 11-month-old Leiana Ramirez, was Jair Aguirre.

A 26-year-old community college student who lives in the neighborhood, Aguirre told the Los Angeles Times that he and three other neighborhood residents attempted to fight the fire with a water hose and buckets.

Aguirre also told The Times that he tried to remove the infant from the car after smashing the window with a baseball bat, but was burned and driven back by the growing flames inside the car.

Update: Leiana Ramirez has been identified as the toddler killed in the crash. She was "here barely 11 months," according to an official at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office Saturday morning.

Previously: A girl almost 2-years-old was killed after a motorist's car was rear-ended on the 110 and caught fire around 5:30 p.m. Friday. 

"The car caught fire immediately and the mother or other motorists could not get close enough to rescue the child," said South Pas Police Chief Joseph Payne. "The mother was burned on the hands and arms. The car was fully engulfed when we arrived on scene."

The accident occurred while motorists were driving southbound near the York Boulevard exit in Highland Park. 

Matthew Spence, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said that "multiple patients were still being assessed" to determine the severity of their injuries.

California Highway Patrol reported police still on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. And a SigAlert was issued for three southbound lanes, reported the Pasadena Star-News.

A stretch of the winding freeway was closed across three lanes in the
Southbound direction while the crash was under investigation,
according to the California Highway Patrol.

Check back with Patch as we continue to follow the story.

Sam Burgess February 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Susan, In the Cypress Park area of Northeast L.A. there is a Divine Savior Church on Cypress Ave. Are you the one who stands outside this church with signs complaining about church noise, etc.?
John Q. Public February 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Deleting your comments to play it like people are attacking you is a low and manipulative thing to do. I suggest you seek some form of counselling or therapy. Nobody here is making a personal attack, you painted yourself as the target when you made the now deleted comment; "Proved everyone wrong. Child would have been saved if not stuck in the car seat." So (wait for it, here comes the first personal attack from me) maybe you should crawl back under your rock and stop crying for the editor to bail you out when you're the one who is acting like the total @$$!
Susan R February 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yes. The amplified sound system goes off 6 or more times a day every day starting at 7:55AM. You can read my blog "I am a noise victim". This is why others attack me. If they real Democrats they were be defending me. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-i-am-a-noise-victim
Nimby pimp February 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
@ John Q. - I too have witnessed from Susan the kind of behavior you describe. She will post an ignorant, incorrect or offensive comment, take heat for it, erase her original offending comment and then play victim. This behavior is particularly amusing given the fact that she is a staunch proponent of "personal responsibility."
David Fonseca February 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I'm going to close comments on this story--the conversation has veered off topic and devolved into an exchange of personal attacks.


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