Driver killed in fiery freeway crash publicly identified


POMONA (CNS) – A motorist killed in a fiery crash on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway in Pomona was an Upland resident, authorities said today.

The motorist was identified as Peter Van Ginkel, 57, coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz said.

Van Ginkel’s car hit the center divider about 3:10 a.m. Saturday on the eastbound  San Bernardino Freeway, west of Dudley Avenue, and his car stopped while straddling the line between the carpool lane and the left through lane, said CHP Sgt. L.R. Borunda.

A 28-year-old man in a 2004 Mitsubishi did not see the disabled 1994 Toyota in front of him until it was too late, and his car struck the left side of the Toyota as he tried to brake and swerve, Borunda said.

The impact caused the Toyota to burst into flames and the motorist inside that car was unable to get out, he said.

Three other people suffered minor injuries but were not taken to hospitals, a Los Angeles County Fire Department dispatcher said. It was not known whether they were inside the Toyota or the Mitsubishi.


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