Despite another fatal crash on Angeles Crest Highway over the weekend — the fourth since the lower part of the highway reopened in June of this year — the California Highway Patrol says that it’s drivers who are dangerous, not the road.
On Saturday, Bellflower resident Edgar Martinez, 18, was driving on the highway at 45 to 50 miles per hour when he entered a curve but failed to turn, hitting a mountainside and flipping his car, according to Officer Ming Hsu of the CHP.
Martinez died in the crash, Hsu said.
Hsu said that according to a witness traveling behind Martinez, as well as one driving the opposite direction, there was no indication he was traveling at an excessive speed. Hsu said that there were no indications that drugs or alcohol were involved.
“Maybe it was inattention, playing with his radio or something; he didn’t see the curve in the roadway until it was too late,” Hsu said.