AZUSA (CBSLA.com) — The father of two children killed in a Fourth of July crash off Highway 39 in Azusa was arrested Tuesday on two counts of murder.
Two counts of murder were filed against 31-year-old Arcadio Varela Caliz, who was arrested Tuesday at the Azusa Police Department. His bail was set at $2 million, according to Azusa police.
Andrea Caliz Martinez, 12, and Christopher Caliz Martinez, 8, were thrown from the SUV driven by their father when it went over an embankment on July 4 in the hills above Azusa. A cousin said the family had gone to celebrate Andrea’s 12th birthday.
Caliz, whom police say is an unlicensed driver, his 32-year-old wife, Marbella Martinez, and their 13-year-old daughter, Marista, were found injured outside the vehicle.