Tag: California Highway Patrol

Motorcyclist Dustin Perdomo Killed in Freeway Crash

June 20, 2024 ·

Harley Davidson photo via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On Wednesday, June 19, at approximately 4:00 a.m., there was a multi-vehicle accident on the westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway near Topanga Avenue exit. One person was struck and killed in the crash. The name of the motorcyclist was not initially published pending notification of the next of kin.

The Los Angeles County Medical Examiners Department later identified the victim of the crash as 32-year-old, Dustin Perdomo. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

A friend in mourning posted the following memorial message on Facebook:

“Dustin Perdomo was a very special friend I lost this morning in a motorcycle accident on the 101 freeway. I’m heartbroken. I never got tired of hanging out with you. You were soft spoken and gentle. I could literally tell you anything and you never judged me. I love you my brother and will miss you deeply”

The westbound lanes of the 101 Freeway remained closed until approximately 10:00 a.m.

There were three other vehicles involved in the accident with no other fatalities. There is no more information available at this time.

By Sharon

Woodland Hills Woman Dies On 101 Freeway

June 6, 2024 ·

Freeway photo courtesy of Iain Kennedy via Unsplash

WOODLAND HILLS—On Tuesday, February 4, at approximately 5:00 p.m., the California Hwy Patrol (CHP) and the Los Angeles Fire Department (LAFD) Station 84 responded to a traffic collision on the 101 Ventura Freeway involving at least one vehicle and one motorcycle.

Paramedics attempted to render aid to the lone victim of the crash,  later identified by the Los Angeles County Medical Examiners,  31-year-old Allyson Kiran Sabharwal of Woodland Hills. She was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities indicated that the incident took place at the off-ramp near Desoto Avenue shutting down all but one lane on the 101 Freeway near Topanga Canyon Boulevard.

The lone victim of the crash may have been struck by a second vehicle. The incident is currently under investigation by CHP.

Those with more information are encouraged to call CHP West Valley at, 818-888-0980. They are located at 5825 DeSoto Avenue.

By Sharon

Topanga Canyon Boulevard Closed Indefinitely

March 16, 2024 ·

Malibu Road photo by Camille Orgel

MALIBU—On March 14, the California Transportation Department (CALTRANS) notified the public with a post on the X, social media site warning travelers that Topanga Canyon Boulevard/State Route 27 is now closed indefinitely due to risks of landslides.

Malibu Photo by Tyrel Johnson

Topanga Canyon Boulevard, also known as State Route 27, was shut down in both directions Saturday between Pacific Coast Highway and Grand View Drive.

The full text of the Tweet is below.

PCH and Topanga Canyon Closures in Malibu.

“Northbound Pacific Coast Hwy [PCH] is reduced to one lane at Porto Marina Way, near Big Rock and north of Corral Canyon Road in Malibu. Topanga Canyon Blvd., is closed in both directions from PCH to Grand View Dr. due to slides until further notice.”

On Wednesday, March 13, Caltrans spokesperson, Eric Menjivar first told The Patch that “The closure is necessary because the slide is still active. Our geologists anticipate more material and boulders to come down at this location. There is no estimated time of reopening, and our geologists are on site daily to assess the stability of the hillside.”

Multiple reports suggests that motorists alternate their detours to relieve some of the expected congestion in those areas.

By Sharon

Wrong Way Driver Speeding On PCH Arrested

March 10, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On Wednesday, March 6, authorities reported a driver traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction on Pacific Coast Highway was arrested.

The driver was reportedly driving in a stolen white box truck that appeared to have a Lowe’s decal on the side.

According to reports, officers began their pursuit of the alleged truck thief, on the west side of Los Angeles through Malibu and into Ventura County.  Video of the suspect was supplied by News Chopper 4 and the Los Angeles Police Department Airship.  According to police, the suspect was traveling at close to 80 mph.

After LAPD airship was dispatched, multiple patrol units responded to assist but discontinued the pursuit due to poor road conditions during a torrential downpour. The owners of the stolen box truck had a tracking device on the vehicle and were able to help police pinpoint the suspects’ location.

The box truck nearly missed multiple vehicles before crashing into another box truck traveling southbound on 101 Freeway near Thousand Oaks.  Authorities announced the arrest of the suspect at about 2:40 p.m.

The name of the suspect has not yet been released to the public. 

By Sharon

Contract Approved By Malibu To Bring Back CHP Patrols

January 29, 2024 ·

MALIBU—On Thursday, January 25, 2024, the city of Malibu announced on its website they approved a long-term contract with the California Highway Patrol (CHP) to establish a dedicated three-officer traffic enforcement taskforce to patrol Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) within City Limits.

According to the city’s website, on January 22, 2024, the Malibu City Council approved the contract for the term of two years, with a financial commitment not to exceed $2 million.
“Active, visible traffic enforcement is one of the most immediate ways to make PCH safer, and will send a message that speeding and reckless driving will not be tolerated in Malibu. Despite PCH being under Caltrans jurisdiction, the City remains committed to doing everything possible within its jurisdictional ability to make PCH safer,” the city stated on its website.

The Malibu City Council declared a local state of emergency on November 13, 2023, in response to the increasing dangerous conditions on PCH, culminating in the deaths of four Pepperdine students struck by a speeding motorist while walking along PCH in October 2023.

The city of Malibu is focused on improving safety on its 21 miles of PCH, which has been a top priority for the community. The city of Malibu does not control PCH, since its incorporation, but has worked closely with Caltrans, the LA County Sheriff’s Department and other partner agencies to find ways to make PCH safer for residents, motorists, pedestrians and cyclists.

According to the City Council Agenda Report, the CHP stopped patrolling Pacific Coast Highway (PCH) in Malibu in 1991 when the city was incorporated, and the city contracted for law enforcement in Malibu with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department (LASD). In 2020, Malibu secured a contract with CHP for On-Call Services for special events, but for the past two years, CHP has been unable to fulfill any requests for assistance.

According to a CHP press report, they have about 1,000 vacant officer positions across the state. CHP attributes the staffing issues to a variety of factors, including increasing retirement rates, job preferences in the private sector, and societal influence; similar issues are facing LASD.

By Trevor

Murder Suspect Arrested Near Red Bluff

October 24, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—On Friday October 20 at approximately 5:56 p.m. the California Highway Patrol (CHP) located an individual that fit the description of a suspect wanted in connection with a fatal incident that Lassen County Sheriff’s Office (LCSO) deputies had just responded to at 4:48 p.m. the same day.

CHP arrested and detained Edward Harold Biggs in connection with that incident. Reports indicate that witnesses told police that they saw Biggs and the victim, later identified as Marty Robert Ashley Sr., who first responders found lying on the side of the road with severe head and facial injuries. Life-saving techniques were administered to the victim to no avail. Mr. Ashley was pronounced dead at the scene.

Lassen County Sheriff’s deputies indicated that witnesses were able to identify the assailant. CHP officers located Biggs in his big red truck on highway 36 close to Manton Road near Red Bluff. Biggs was taken into custody and according to LCSO is currently incarcerated at the Tahama County Jail on a murder charge.

This case is currently under investigation.  If you know anything about the altercation between the victim and suspect you are encouraged to contact LCSO at 530-251-8013.

By Sharon

Man Dies In Fatal Crash On 405 Freeway

September 22, 2023 ·

SHERMAN OAKS—On September 22, at approximately 4:42 a.m., a man traveling at a low rate of speed crashed into the back of a semi-truck on the 405 Freeway at North Mulholland Drive.

According to reports by the California Highway Patrol (CHP) officers responding to the scene discovered a dark colored 1969 Volkswagen lodged underneath the semi-truck. The driver, who was trapped inside the Volkswagen Beetle, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The southbound lanes of the 405 Freeway due north of Mulholland Drive were shut down after authorities requested a hard closure. A Sig Alert was issued for the No. 4 and 5 Lanes backing up traffic for nearly two hours.

The name of the deceased has been withheld pending the notification of the next of kin. This accident is currently under investigation as the cause of the accident and the liability are unknown.

By Sharon

Woman Rescued After Driving Off PCH In Malibu

June 14, 2023 ·

MALIBU—On Friday, June 9, a woman in a 2002 silver Mercedes drove off the Pacific Coast Highway and into the Pacific Ocean.

The Ventura County Sheriff’s Aviation Unit shared video of the rescue as the California Highway Patrol (CHP) ground and water worked with the aviation unit to get the lone victim of the crash out of the water, above the rocky shores of Malibu. She was hoisted onto the gurney and into the helicopter.

According to CHP, the driver was airlifted to Los Robles Regional Medical Center in Thousand Oaks where she was listed in serious condition. She is expected to recover from her injuries. There was no evidence of a possible DUI.

Reports indicate that the driver’s car was recovered on Sunday, June 11. The name of the victim has not been released.

By Sharon

Suspect In Catalytic Converter Theft Sparked Car Chase

June 4, 2023 ·

Suspect In Catalytic Converter Theft

WOODLAND HILLS—A driver suspected of stealing a catalytic converter led Ventura County Sheriffs and the California Highway Patrol on a high-speed car chase that ended in Woodland Hills on Friday, June 2. 

Ventura County Deputies first attempted to pull over a driver in a black Toyota Prius as they suspected a catalytic converter theft was underway in Ventura. The suspect sped away, starting a several-mile chase. 

Once on the 101 freeway, the suspect drove at high speeds of up to 100 miles per hour. Multiple CHP officers pursued the driver, who at times exited the freeway, driving at high speeds on the wrong side of residential streets. 

After two attempted PIT maneuvers, the bumper of the Prius was hanging off and the driver sped off of a dirt embankment to get back on the 101 freeway. 

After 2 pm, the driver surrendered with their hands in the air after a third PIT maneuver at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and De Soto Avenue in Woodland Hills. A female passenger also exited the vehicle minutes later. Both the suspect and the passenger were taken into custody. The names of the suspect and the passenger have not been disclosed to the public.

By Paige Strickland

Westwood Man Struck And Killed By Semi Driver

March 20, 2023 ·

WESTWOOD—On March 19, at approximately 12:05 p.m., a wreck on Highway 99 and Oswald Road claimed the life of Steven Tadeo, 30, of Westwood.

Reports indicate that Tadeo was traveling northbound on the highway at approximately 65 mph in his Toyota Tacoma truck when the driver of a semi-truck took a left, crossing the highway directly in the path of Tadeo. The semi-truck driver was traveling at an accelerated rate of speed when it struck Tadeo’s car.

Reports from the California Highway Patrol indicate that Tadeo’s truck initially struck the landing gear on the left-hand side of the semi and was pinned underneath. Steven died at the scene from blunt force trauma caused by the crash.

Highway 99 between Barry and Oswald Roads were closed to the public for approximately two hours as officers investigated the crash.

Canyon News reached out to Sutter County Sheriff’s Office where Under Sheriff Scott Smallwood indicated the incident is being investigated by the CHP. Canyon News contacted the CHP for more information, but did not hear back before print.

Anyone with details on the incident is asked to call the CHP Yuba-Sutter Office at (530) 645-6200.

By Sharon