SYLMAR (CBS) — A 27-year-old man killed in a crash with a big rig truck in Sylmar was identified Sunday by the coroner’s office.

Christian M. Medina of Sylmar drove his car into the back of a 53-foot big rig trailer in the 14400 block of Foothill Boulevard late Saturday afternoon, Coroner’s Investigator Jerry McKibben said.

Medina was pronounced dead at the scene, L.A. Fire Department Spokesman Brian Humphrey said. The truck may have been parked at the time of the crash, Humphrey said.

Foothill Boulevard was closed in both directions between Bledsoe and Roxford streets after the accident, Humphrey said.

No other injuries were reported.

The crash remains under investigation.

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Comments (20)
  1. Bob Saget says:

    Sucks, probably texting or talking on the phone. Foothill is a wide/open street and its hard not to spot a big truck parked on the side of said road.

    1. -RR says:

      To Mr. Sagot. I doubt it. The Next time you write some generic “I bet it’s his fault” comment just remember that someone died and his family and loved ones are grieving. To his Family: Chris was above all else, Selfless. Tragic to leave at 27. Just like the Rock Gods he loved. My heart and prayers go to his beloved family.

  2. Big Roger says:

    I live off of foothill, 40 seconds away from the accident. People fly down foothill like if it was part of the 210 FW. Dude must have been listening to the jams and not paying attention to the parked cars. Sucks

  3. FAITH says:


  4. A Friend says:

    Rest in Peace Christian M. Medina.

  5. Stephanie says:

    He was a great guy- getting ready to take his EMT test. He helped others, was a compassionate and generous young man. He will be missed.

  6. bystander says:

    I was getting out of my car when I heard him zoom by. He was definitely speeding, when seconds later we heard a small screech with a loud bang. Guy did not even have a chance to react. Must of gotten distracted on the turn. Sucks

  7. *friend* says:

    chris we will miss you so much… I am going to miss seeing you and chatting with you while we were washing clothes. Lol… But now u are in better hands with God.. We will see you up their. Just take care of your loved ones from up their.

  8. bigmike says:

    sucks ive chilled with this dude acouple of times cool kat ,sucks how you can meet a person for a little bit and feels like you new them forever youll be missed homie drink a 40 up there for me and ill do the same …………………………………………………………………………….lates

  9. cl says:

    i only knew chris a few months but he was one of the nicest persons ive met. sad to see something so tragic happen to someone so kind hearted. class wont be the same with out you.

  10. BIG FONZ & TERROR OG 501's says:

    my boy Chris I got too meet you thru your brother. we had lots of good times for such a long time u will be miss my boy my prayers go out too you and your family descansa en paz Chris……your with god now…..

  11. joel says:

    😦 I never knew u chris u I wish I did cuz I am ur cousin we were supposed to meet some day and have fun but u were taken frm this world and ur in better hands now R.I.P cousin chris I LOVE U MAN someday we will meet someday

  12. CHARO says:

    I will miss you cousin even thought I never got to meet you because of the distance…te queremos mucho primo!…but someday nos veremos…descansa en paz mi primo…you will ALWAYS be in our hearths…R.I.P Christian M Medina.

  13. Your friends from work says:

    “Perhaps they are not the stars, but rather openings in Heaven where the love of our lost ones pours through and shines down upon us to let us know they are happy.” -Author Unknown
    Chris, we miss you so much. We still cannot believe you are gone and question why you left. You will be forever in our hearts,

  14. Yolis says:

    Chris, I know we didn’t get to know each other as much because of the distance, but we got to see each other once. You will always be remembered in our hearts. Chris, RIP..We love you primo..

  15. Rocio says:

    I found out about this horrible tragedy from my mom yesterday. Chris’ dad is my mom’s cousin. It’s a shame that I never got to meet Chris…from what I’ve been told, he was a real nice guy. My condolences go out to all his family & friends. May you rest in peace.

  16. Lupita says:

    We’re all going to miss you primo, even though I wish we would of met someday with the rest of the cousins.. 😦
    You will always be remembered in our hearts.

    We love you. & Miss you.
    R.I.P Christian…

  17. a good friend says:

    i miss u chris! the only thing that keeps me going is thinking of all the good times we had and knowing ur an angel in heaven watching over ur family n not worrying about anything! God wanted u cuz u r a truely good person! i just wish u could have lived to b the man u r n lived out ur dreams! there is no one like u! u r so special!!! muah!

  18. vero says:

    i actually saw this accident.The whole thing while it happened. i was too shocked to stop.
    any? email

  19. vero says:

    i wish to tell someone who cared i really need to get it off my chest when i saw this crash i was shocked to witness the death of someone

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