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Jose Garcia Lopez Big Rig Crash Encino 101 Freeway

Jose Garcia Lopez Big Rig Crash Encino 101 Freeway

Jose Garcia Lopez crash Encino

Jose Garcia Lopez, 56, Injured in Encino Big Rig Crash on Southbound 101 Freeway

ENCINO, CA (August 13, 2021) – Jose Garcia Lopez was injured after a fatal big rig crash on the 101 Freeway in Encino.

The California Highway Patrol identified the 56-year-old San Diego man as the victim of the wreck which took place on Thursday.

The incident began when Jose Garcia Lopez was driving the semi-truck south on the 101 Freeway in Encino. At the same time, a white 2003 Lincoln Navigator was traveling north in the southbound lanes near the 405 Freeway.

CHP said the Lincoln Navigator then struck the tractor-trailer head-on near Haskell Avenue. KTLA News and CBS Los Angeles wrote that the collision occurred on August 12 at about 7 p.m.

Paramedics treated Jose Garcia Lopez for the minor wounds he sustained in the Encino crash. A woman riding as a passenger in the SUV died as a result of the wreck.

Wrong-Way Driver Cesar Iban Torres, 31, Arrested

The four children in the Lincoln Navigator ended up with minor injuries after the collision. Medical personnel took  them to a local hospital for treatment.

Meanwhile, the wrong-way driver tried to flee on foot following the incident. The suspect, 31-year-old Cesar Iban Torres, became combative and assaulted the officers who stopped him from leaving.

CHP used a stun gun, hog-tied him, put a spit-bag over his face. They took the Los Angeles man to the UCLA Ronald Reagan Hospital for treatment.

Authorities soon arrested and booked Cesar Iban Torres at the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in lieu of $1 million bail. The Encino wrong-way crash is still under investigation.

Anyone with information can call the CHP at 818-888-0980.


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