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Maria Gomez Killed in Pasadena DUI Crash on Seco Street; Javier Placencia Jr. Arrested

PASADENA, California (December 12, 2016) –  Maria Gomez, 52, of Pasadena was killed in a DUI crash on Seco Street early Saturday morning, December 10, according to Pasadena Star News.

The solo-vehicle accident took place at 5:30 a.m., south of the Rose Bowl.

As per the article, police said a 2007 Ford Edge slammed into a light pole on Seco Street, between Rosemont and Lincoln avenues.

The passenger, a 52-year-old woman, was transported to a hospital where she was later pronounced dead. Her name is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

Meanwhile, police affirmed that the driver of the Ford at the time, 38-year-old Javier Placencia Jr. was arrested was booked on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter and with a bail set at $50,000.

The Pasadena man was reportedly unharmed. The investigation is ongoing.


We are deeply saddened by the news of this tragedy. We offer our prayers and heartfelt condolences to the friends and family of Maria Gomez during such a difficult time.


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