Cesar Iban Torres Arrested Encino Fatal Crash Ventura (101) Freeway (August 12)

Woman Killed, 2 Adults, 4 Children Hurt in Encino Wrong-Way Crash

 Cesar Iban Torres fatal Encino crashENCINO, Calif. (August 13, 2021) – Cesar Iban Torres, 31, attempted to flee following a wrong-way crash in Encino on the Ventura (101) Freeway that killed a woman riding in his SUV and injured five others.

The deadly, head-on crash with a 2016 Kenworth semi-tractor trailer truck happened about 7 p.m. on Thursday, August 12th, according to the California Highway Patrol.

According to CHP, Cesar Iban Torres, 31, of Los Angeles, had been headed westbound in the eastbound lanes of the 101 Freeway approaching the San Diego (405) Freeway. He had the woman and four children in the vehicle when the SUV crashed head-on with the Kenworth tractor-trailer truck.

Deadly, Wrong-way Crash on Highway 101

A woman believed to be in her 20s suffered major injuries in the collision and died at the scene. She will be identified after relatives are notified of her death.

Meanwhile, Cesar Iban Torres attempted to flee on foot after the crash, but arriving CHP officers confronted him. He allegedly became combative with police and physically assaulted them on scene.

Police arrested the Los Angeles man and paramedics took him to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center along with four children riding in the wrong-way SUV. They were all treated for minor injuries at the hospital.  The CHP report did not mention the age and gender of the children. Meanwhile, the truck driver, Jose Garcia Lopez, of San Diego, complained of head pain. The report did not mention if he went to a hospital, the CHP said.

Following the fatal Encino crash, authorities closed down multiple lanes of the Ventura Freeway between 7:30 p.m. until 2:30 a.m.

Witnesses may contact the CHP at 818- 888-0980.

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