We take for granted the idea that anytime anyone gets behind the wheel and takes to our roadways that they’ll do so responsibly. Unfortunately, not everyone will follow the rules of the road.
Whittier Daily News reported on their website about the multi-vehicle crash that happened at approximately 2:50 a.m. while two CHP officers were assisting a motorist whose vehicle had stalled on the freeway.
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On Tuesday, February 19th, five people were injured in a crash on the 605 Freeway near Whittier. Among the injured were two officers with the California Highway Patrol.
According to CHP Sgt. Armando Perdomo, the officers and the owner of a stalled Mazda were outside their respective vehicles when a motorist driving a Chevrolet Malibu struck the CHP patrol cruiser. The law enforcement officers were on scene to assist the stalled motorist.
In a chain reaction crash, the Malibu struck the CHP patrol cruiser. The cruiser was pushed into the stalled Mazda and then into the two officers and the stranded motorist who were all on the right shoulder of the roadway.
The Malibu veered back into freeway traffic and was struck by another motorist driving a Honda Accord.
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The CHP officers both suffered only minor injuries while the stranded motorist in the Mazda suffered moderate injuries. The suspect driver of the Malibu, Adrian Estrada, 23, of El Monte, suffered moderate injuries, while a Panorama man who had been a passenger in the Malibu suffered moderate to major injuries in the crash.
The officers were treated at an area hospital and released. The driver of the Mazda and both men who were in the Malibu remained hospitalized.
Sgt. Perdomo said in his statement that Estrada was arrested at the hospital and is charged with suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the accident.