Authorities identify man killed in SUV crash on 10 Freeway in West Covina


WEST COVINA (CNS) – Authorities today identified a man killed when the SUV in which he was riding crashed on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in West Covina.

The crash occurred about 9:50 p.m. Sunday on the westbound 10 Freeway west of Barranca Street, the California Highway Patrol reported.

Jose Alvarez Flores, 89, of La Puente died at the scene, the coroner’s office reported.

The fatally injured man was riding in a 1998 Ford Explorer driven by Gerardo Alvarez, 57, also of La Puente, who was arrested, the CHP said.

Alvarez allegedly was driving the Ford “at an unsafe speed for changing traffic conditions” when it crashed into the rear of a 2002 Nissan Altima, the CHP said in a statement.

The Ford overturned and ended up on its roof. The driver of the Nissan suffered moderate injuries.

Alvarez was hospitalized in serious condition with a head injury, and was placed under arrest, the CHP reported.

“Alcohol is suspected to be a factor in this collision,” the CHP said.

Two lanes were closed for about three hours while an investigation was conducted.


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