UPDATE: Marvin Arriola, 30, of Gardena, Arrested on DUI Charges
HAWTHORNE, California (June 27, 2013) –Two people were killed early Friday morning, and several were injured when the driver of a 2008 Toyota rear-ended a semi-truck, and oncoming traffic then struck the disabled Toyota on the San Diego Freeway in Hawthorne, according to a dispatch report issued by the California Highway Patrol.
Just before 3 a.m., CHP officers received a 911 call informing them that a major collision had occurred on the southbound side of the 405 Freeway at Rosecrans Avenue.
Marvin Arriola, 30, of Gardena, the driver of the 2008 Toyota, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, CHP officials said.
He was taken to a hospital for moderate injuries.
According to the CHP’s early investigation, Arriola was driving “at a high rate of speed” in the No. 4 lane when he rear-ended a Freightliner big rig in the same lane.
The crash occurred “due to Arriola’s level of intoxication and unsafe speed,” CHP officials said.
After the crash, the Toyota became disabled, and was struck by a Volvo, killing two passengers in the Toyota.
The passengers in Arriola’s Toyota — a man and a woman — were pronounced dead at the scene. The identification of these victims is being withheld pending notification of kin.
This was the second fatal freeway crash in Los Angeles County Friday morning.
“Those who are involved in major traffic accidents may have injuries that alter their lives for the foreseeable future,” said Attorney West Thomas. “Many who are injured in car crashes will
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