Boulder thrown from overpass kills young man in vehicle with his family

Laverne Higgins
March 17, 2018

The pregnant wife of a man killed by a boulder that crashed through the window of their vehicle near Los Angeles is pleading for information that leads to the arrest of the person responsible for pushing the rock off an overpass.

A distraught and pregnant Southern California widow is asking for the public's help in finding the person who police say intentionally threw a 35-pound boulder from an overpass onto a freeway, killing her husband. Also in the auto were Gutierrez's mother and the couple's 4-year-old daughter.

His wife Guadalupe Gutierrez was driving the vehicle, and her mother and young daughter were also in the auto.

"Now he's gone", she said through tears at a press conference held Thursday.

"This was an intentional act", CHP Lt.

In a press conference, Gutierrez said they recently found out that she was pregnant.

ICE: Man killed in crash was not person agents were targeting
The agents claimed the male matching the target's description ran from the home and drove away. Delano police continue to investigate the crash, but haven't released additional details.


Guadalupe Gutierrez was driving westbound on the Ventura (134) Freeway in the carpool lane, traveling about 70 miles per hour, when the boulder came down on the couple's 2017 Toyota Corolla about 9 p.m. Tuesday at Orange Grove Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Lopez's wife immediately drove to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead, ABC7 said. His wife, Guadalupe Gutierrez, 21, was driving. "This shouldn't have happened this way", Francisco Lopez said Thursday. "This was an innocent family driving home", the Pasadena Star-News quotes Geletko as saying. If anybody saw anything, please help us find whoever did this to him.

- Authorities sought public help Thursday to find whoever threw a boulder off of a freeway over-crossing in Pasadena, sending it crashing through the windshield of a moving vehicle and killing the motorist's husband. "My daughter didn't deserve this". "Because of a careless person or persons, their lives will be changed forever".

Anyone with information is urged to call the CHP Altadena Area Station at (626) 296-8100.

A GoFundMe page has raised more than $8,000 for the family.

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