Two fatal crashes in a single day and four other wrecks last week on the recently reopened segment of Angeles Crest Highway above La Cañada Flintridge have prompted public safety officials to renew calls for slower, safer driving along the scenic mountain roadway.
On Friday — just one week after the highway’s June 3 reopening — Pasadena resident Julio Velasquez, 21, was killed shortly after 3 a.m. when he lost control of his car, careened into an embankment and collided with a tree while traveling toward La Cañada at a sharp bend roughly six miles above the Foothill (210) Freeway.
Later that same day, at about 4:30 p.m., a Monterey Park man in his 40s, also heading toward La Cañada, swerved off a straightaway less than two miles east of the previous crash, plunging nearly 700 feet down the mountainside.
The first driver is suspected of driving drunk. Investigators believe the second may have attempted suicide or suffered a sudden medical condition. Both drivers were pronounced dead at the scene, according to California Highway Patrol reports.