Woman, 35, Killed In Crash On The 10 Freeway In West Covina

WEST COVINA (CBS) — A 35-year-old Inglewood woman was killed early Sunday in a crash on the San Bernardino (10) Freeway.

The other people were injured in the crash that was reported just after 1:10 a.m.

Officials said Karen Roxana Ancheta was traveling west in a grey Ford Focus when she lost control of her vehicle and crashed into a center median.

A CHP officer said Ancheta got out of her car, which was blocking the far left lane, and stood next to the vehicle.

A white Ford Explorer, driven by 24-year-old Rene Espinal, struck the rear of the Focus and then veered left.

The crash reportedly sent the Focus into the two far right lanes. When the Focus veered left, it struck Ancheta propelling her into the center median. She died at the scene.

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  1. Chris says:

    “Things you DONT do while stopped in the lanes of the fwy RULE #12 Never exit the vehicle unless the vehicle is on fire” Rule #1 Dont drink and drive, Rule #2 DONT TEXT or use your Cell phone while driving!

    BTW- Where is the RAIN???

    1. Christy Chadwick says:

      They fail to tell everyone that the driver who struck Karen was DRUNK!!!!!!

  2. Todd says:

    I dont understand what the hell drivers are looking at or NOT looking at while operating a motor vehicle. How do you not see someone is stopped inn the lanes before you hit them. You are supposed to scanning the roadway for obstructions not texting or reading emails or engaged in conversation. You need to look farther than the front of your car for people that are in the lanes and stopped. I think anyone that slams into someone from behind like that need to be held accountable for their actions. A woman is now dead and the driver that slammed into her stopped vehicle needs to face the consequences for her death. Yeah she should not have been out of her vehicle, but we have been given the right to safely operate a motor vehicle and we need to do it safely!

    1. Karen says:

      I hear you Todd. I feel like I am fighting a war when I’m on the freeways because no one is paying attention to anything except themselves.

    2. Christy Chadwick says:

      Todd…I completely agree! We will never know why Karen got out of her car (she had more common sense than that) but the guy who hit her was DRUNK and he should have to pay dearly for taking my best friend away from her family, daughter and friends!

  3. Too many dangerous drivers says:

    He obviously wasn’t scanning the road far enough ahead to give himself time to safely stop or go around the stopped vehicle. He was probably doing something he shouldn’t have been doing while driving. Many drivers have the bad habit of focusing on a point too close to their own vehicle to give themselves enough distance to stop. Then, they try explaining to the officers why none of it is their fault.

  4. tony says:

    Simple no respect for life .and DO N OT KNOW how to DRIVE..take them out of the road…!!!.or . they should DIE too

    1. george lopez says:

      tony the mayor of los angles will get you for saying his people dont know how to drive.when you see them comeing…just pray and hold on.

  5. Robby Logan says:

    This is a terrible tragedy – two fine American vehicles taken from us too soon. Won’t someone think of the Fords?

    1. arizona fats says:

      i agree robby, i own a 05 stang and would hate to see a no lic,ins hissypanic crash into it.

      1. EMAN says:

        LAST I CHECKED HONKY ARE THE ONLY WET BACK HERE NOT ONE DIRTY WHITE PERSON IS A REAL AMERICAN EVERY ONE OF THEM ARE IMMIGRANTS THAT BROUGHT RATS ROACHS BED BUG SPANISH FLU STD W/THEM. WHY U GUY GO BACK 2 YOUR COUNTRY YOU ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS.

      2. Blanca says:

        U guys are stupid a person died and all u care about is showing your raicism…You guys do no realize the pain you are causing to her family and friends. IDIOTS!!!!!!

    2. Justine says:

      I am sorry you feel the need to make a joke at the expense of a truly remarkable person. Karen was a daughter, a mother, a friend, and a truly giving person. I am not asking you to feel the pain we feel at her loss, just have some respect. On any given day, it could be you mourning a loss. Just remember that.

  6. A True Latino says:

    @ Jose Gutierrez, Tony, and Jesse blonde. F*ck you all. You are all stupid people that have nothing better to do other than troll news reports and post racist comments. For those that are not LATINOS, you try to be us by tanning yourselves on the beaches, in tanning salons, or simply trying to learn Spanish as a 2nd language, and for those that ARE Latinos, slamming those that have a Spanish last name, you guys are sell outs who are ashamed of your Spanish roots and are an embarrassment to the rest of us. Again, I say, F*ck you all. You guys make me sick in the stomach.

    A True Latino.

    1. they are still dreaming says:

      i just heard on the news where a hit& run happen in inglewood and the cops are looking for a bald headed latino man.{mexican]. over 95% of hit & runs is cause by latinos. you want to stay in america..then drive like american, you can drive drunk,no lic, ins etc all day in tj. and get away with it. which is usually where latinos run to when they hit and kill people. LOUSY PEOPLE.

    2. Karen says:

      True Latino

      Please return to your country of origin. I only want AMERICANS to live in the United States. I am tired of hosting other countries in our country.

      No one should be saying that this person died because she was a Latina but part of the reason people do that is because they are frustrated at all the people living in the U.S. (legally or not) that scoff at our country and its laws.

    3. SHUT IT says:

      @ A True Latino
      We try to be like you guys from tanning ourselves, that’s the best you got??? LMAO!!!! Trust me, NO ONE wants to be like you guys!

  7. DDdDD says:

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  8. htinla says:

    The 10 in West Covina is a fast moving freeway and not very wide for such a busy highway. I can’t imagine being stuck on the fast lane of that freeway – too dangerous – and the fact that she was stranded out there at night makes it that much worse. I bet the driver that hit her could barely see her car against the glare of headlights coming from the other side of the freeway. Just a bad situation for both drivers unfortunately.

    1. Christy Chadwick says:

      The guy who hit her was DRUNK!!!! The article fails to mention that!

  9. Heidi says:

    Are there really that many angry people in this world??! A human being’s life was lost in this crash and all you can talk about is her nationality? I feel sorry that you are all so angry instead of appreciating that it didn’t happen to yourself or a loved one.

  10. TAMMY says:

    FIRST OFF I AM A CAUCASION FEMALE BORN AND RAISED IN THE USA. WHY DOES EVERYONE HAVE TO PULL OUT THE RACE CARD WHEN SOMETHING DEVESTATING HAPPENS? THE WAY THE ECONOMY IS THESE DAYS I WOULD SAY THAT THERE ARE PEOPLE OF ALL RACES THAT MAY BE OPERATING A VEHICLE ON OUR ROADWAYS THAT HAVE NO LICENSE, NO INSURANCE ETC. WE CANNOT JUST BLAME I T ON THE HISPANIC RACE. WHERE IS THE COMPASSION FOR THE LOVED ONES WHO HAVE TO COPE WITH THE LOSS OF THEIR LOVED ONE? MY PRAYERS GO OUT TO THE FAMILY OF THE YOUNG WOMAN WHO DIED IN THIS HORRIBLE ACCIDENT.
    I HAVE SEEN ON A DAILY BASIS PEOPLE BEHIND THE WHEEL OF THEIR CARS WHO ARE TALKING ON CELL PHONES, READING MAIL, TEXTING, PUTTING ON MAKE UP AND IT IRITATES ME TO NO END. WHY HAVE LAWS THAT PROHIBIT THESE THINGS FROM BEING DONE IF THEY ARE NOT ENFORCED? SOMETHING HAS TO BE DONE TO STOP PEOPLE FROM BREAKING THESE LAWS SO THAT NO MORE INNOCENT LIVES ARE LOST BECAUSE OF CARELESS LAW BREAKERS. SO PEOPLE STOP BEING RACISTS AND HAVE THE COURAGE TO ADMIT THAT IT IS ALL RACES THAT BREAK THE LAWS.

    1. Pat Robertson says:

      Take off your caps lock, sweetheart, it’s rude to shout.
      I just pooped myself.

    2. good bless arizona says:

      tammy i dont think you read or see the news much, yes there is crazy driver of all race but the rules does not apply to one particular race and they are some of the worst drivers who get away with hit & runs ,dont carry insurance, and dont have lic. when you get to see the body of someone…especialy a child lying bloody in the street from a hit& run and usually the driver is a latino ,they first thought is to run back to mexico.both legal& illegal an they come back to the u.s when thing cool down, guess what ?, they get another 15/20 year old toyota an to hell with lic,ins. and is allowed back on the streets.

    3. EMAN says:

      IMMIGRANT TRAVEL OCEANS 2 GET HERE.

  11. lily says:

    I saw this woman’s body, it was horrible looking at her remains…it had just happened ahead of me.

  12. the one says:

    The lady’s fault she shouldve stepped out and away from the car. Approx. 7 cars ahead of her. Or this would’nt of happened.

  13. Karen says:

    By the way Latino – the woman who died is named Karen. There are hardly any Latina Karens. That I know. But her middle name is Roxana and her last name is Ancheta so you never know.

    1. DC says:

      @ Karen, my sister use to work with this young lady and not that it matters, but yes she was Latina. They held a vigil for her tonight and for those of you who are making these insensitive remarks, she has friends and family who are mourning her death and could be readin this so could you please show some respect for all parties involved, even the person who struck her car.

      1. Professor Dorkus says:

        Really? Because I totally know a guy who knows a girl who used to date a guy who lived next door to someone who had seen her once.
        Does that make us close?
        Nimrod.

      2. ilse says:

        Thank you for trying to remind folks that there are friends and family mourning her death. Some of these messages have been very upsetting to read, including the so-styled “Professor” who went out of his way to be demeaning (rude, insensitive but not a ranting racist, guess that makes him better than others?) I worked with Karen for several years until she left our firm last summer. Even though we were in different cities we were in touch daily by phone and email and shared many stories of her daughter and life. She was a wonderful person, not just a valued business team mate. She will be mourned by people across the country and I’m glad that others who seek out information about this tragedy will see at least your kind words.

  14. Major Payne says:

    U people make me sick! it doesn’t matter if its a latino, asian of whatever, my point is lives have been lost. pay some fckin respect. i hope that accident doesn’t happen to you.

  15. Carmela Chiaramonte says:

    We lost someone in our community this weekend. We need your help! Karen’s 17yr old daughter does not have all the $$ for her funeral. We are raising money. Please donate, every penny counts. Thank you so much! Contact: connie@conniecosta.com if you wish to donate,

  16. Erika says:

    Some of u people should be ashamed of yourself, Karen was a great person and a MOTHER be respectful of her family and her daughter she has to bury her mom way too soon. I’m sick to my stomach u would talk about my friend like this!

  17. Sheena Ewing says:

    Karen was a very good friend of mine. Any one that has said a mean comment on here ought to be ashamed of yourselves. If leaving such horrible comments on a news article about someone you did not know is what you do in your spare time then I feel very sorry for you. Karen was one of the most amazing women I know, she was a wonderful friend, always there for people. Karen, you are truly loved and will be missed greatly. R.I.P my wonderful friend.

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