BALDWIN PARK (CBS) — The son of ‘CHiPs’ actor and motorcycle champ Bruce Penhall was killed Wednesday night as he worked to repair a closed portion of the westbound 10 Freeway.

Connor Penhall, 21, of Corona, was struck just before midnight at Francisquito Avenue, which had been closed for about an hour.

The driver, 37-year-old Takamoto Matsuhiko of Arcadia, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI.

“When officers arrived on-scene, they noticed a strong odor of alcohol emitting from his breath,” said CHP Officer Kerri Rivas. “They also noticed his eyes were watering and his speech was slurred.”

Matsuhiko apparently drove through the closure and continued westbound on the freeway, where he struck Penhall, according to CHP officer Edmund Zorrilla.

Penhall was employed by a company that was subcontracted by Caltrans to complete repair work along Interstate 10.

Conner Penhall and his brother are known for racing motorcycles. Their father, Bruce Penhall, won two Speedway championships.

Bruce Penhall is best known for his role as Officer Bruce Nelson in the final season of CHiPs. The actor arrived at the scene to identify and say good-bye to his son.

The westbound side of the freeway reopened just before 6:30 a.m., according to KNX 1070’s Jon Baird.

Comments (14)
  1. ILLEGALS says:

    If he’s not a celebrity or wealthy superstar, he can get up to 20 years in prison.. There was a movie producer who struck & killed a 19 yo girl in Hollywood Hills & he only got 1 year Jail time.. It was a Felony DUI manslaughter case too & hit-and-run.. 1 year for the movie producer.. LoL

  2. Robert S. says:

    The rich get richer and get away with murder! Bet this guy “walks” also.

    1. ES says:

      Did I misunderstood your comment? The deceased was 21 year old Connor Penhall, the son of ‘CHiPs’ actor Bruce Penhall. The driver, 37-year-old Takamoto Matsuhiko of Arcadia, was arrested on suspicion of felony DUI. Where in the article does it suggest Takamoto was rich and may get away with murder? Did you read the article?

  3. duh says:

    @ES – these trolls never read the actual article… they can’t read more than a few words.

    Anyways, “best known for his role on CHiPs”?!! LMAO… The 21 yr old victim was the son of SPEEDWAY MOTORCYCLE CHAMPION and all around motorcycle racing phenomenon Bruce Penhall.

    CHiPs… wow… too funny. My condolences, Bruce, what a completely avoidable tragedy.

  4. Silvia says:

    Wow, that’s so sad. Even sadder, people’s NEED to make fun of CHiPs (one of my favorite shows growing up) and people who can’t even READ the article and immediately make assumptions. When do the rich get away with murder anyway? WOW. a movie? Give me a break!

  5. Astonished says:

    My condolences to Mr. Penhall and his family. How awful to see your own child destroyed in front of you. Even worse to know that your son was killed by someone who should never have been behind the wheel of a car. At least the CHP were able to stop him from fleeing the scene.

  6. Teri Minor says:

    Our prayers are with you and your family Bruce. My son is aquaintances with both of your son’s through Glen Helen Raceway. Sorry to hear of this tragedy.

    The Minor Family (Jared Minor)
    Devore, Ca

    1. Marina Girl says:

      It’s “sons” – no apostrophe since it’s not in the possessive form.

  7. ed smith says:

    Im so sorry to hear of your son Conner our prayers are with you and your family. Bruce you guys hang in there.

    The Smith family Ed smith
    Barstow Ca.
    ps thank you Jared Minor your a respectable man.

  8. mel says:

    very very sorry to the family

  9. Kat says:

    Such a shame to read this story. My heart goes out to Conner’s family. I found this youtube video of motocross riders doing a parade lap in his honor this afternoon at Glen Helen Raceway in San Bernardino.

  10. Kathy says:

    How terribly sad, what a precious life to be taken so soon. I cannot stand drunk drivers, they take a life and should be in jail for life, the laws need to change in order for people to understand the consequences and to realize how they’ve destroyed a family. There life will never be the same but time heals, you will never forget but have memories. I am sicken to hear about this and how drunk drivers shouldn’t be allowed in closed lanes while workers are working! Sad, my condolences to the Penhall family may God Bless you and give you strength during this time.

  11. RS says:

    It ain’t over til Jesus says it’s over. And in Connor’s case, I an believing its never going to be over.

    John 11:25
    Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live:

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