BUENA PARK (CBS) — An alleged drunken driver plowed into a stalled car on the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway, killing the man in the stalled car Friday morning.

The man in his 20s was sitting in a silver Toyota Camry in the No. 1 lane with hazard lights on when a woman in her 20s, driving a black Volkswagen Jetta, struck his car at what authorities described as a high rate of speed at about 1:10 a.m., just east of Knott Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Brian Gonzalez said.

The man, whose name was not released pending notification of kin, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The woman and a man in the passenger seat were allegedly coming back from drinking at bars in Fullerton, officers said. She was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence.

The freeway was backed up for miles while an investigation was conducted.

All lanes were closed for an unknown duration on the westbound Artesia (91) Freeway east of Knott Avenue.

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Comments (13)
  1. ILLEGALS says:

    Stop drinking & driving.

    20s? if she is wealthy, she’ll probably get less than 1 year in prison. if not, say adios to your career & make sure you assign someone to watch your vacant house for a while..

  2. California will be part of Mexico by 2025 says:

    Yes they do.. Struggling Mexicans drive whatever is cheap. Hand me down car, i mean hand me over & over cars.

    1. Joe says:

      Or whatever they can steal.

  3. California will be part of Mexico by 2025 says:

    Her male companion should be the one driving since men have slightly higher tolerance level then women based on body mass. Unless he’s suffering from an alcohol blackout too.

  4. ashley says:

    it does not matter, he was killed by a DRUNK driver. no matter what happened, i send out my prayers to the famiy, this was a dear friend of my mother and i hope she gets what she deserves… he leaves behind to kids and a great life.you will be missed!

  5. ashley says:

    i hope the DRUNK DRIVER gets what she deserves…. not my mother! RIP wish we could of had one more night with you ❤

    1. California is Already 70% Mexico says:

      Just one more night?

  6. Ron says:

    Fullerton keeps adding more and more bars on Harbor Blvd. Adjacent non-drinking businesses have complained about the puke and urine outside their doors. It was found that the bulk of the bar patrons come from out of area. Now on the corner of commonwealth and harbor, a new very large mexican cantina is being built.

    Not to far from these bars is where the out of area drunk mexican killed the up and coming young Angels pitcher and 2 others plus seriously injured another. But the City of Fullerton only cares about the money the bars generate.

    1. BD McGee says:

      How’s the weather up there on your high horse?

      1. Ron says:


        Much better than the puke and urine stained alley, that you sleep in !!!

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  8. S says:

    My friend you will be missed! I wish we had gone out the last time you were in town. RIP

  9. ticia says:

    On this night….i lost a friend, his children lost their daddy, his parents lost their son and the world lost someone truely valuable. why? because on this night Christen Payne decided she was “ok” to drive. Ivan i miss you and I love you! you will forever be in my heart. Thank you for always being a light! Besos.

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