Tow Truck Driver Helping Motorist Dies after Struck by Passing Car on 5 Freeway near Zoo Drive
GLENDALE, CA (June 2, 2023) – Presiliano Chavez was fatally struck by a car in Glendale late Wednesday evening on May 31.
The fatal crash happened around 11:15 p.m. on 5 Freeway near Zoo Drive. According to the CHP, Chavez was assisting the driver of a vehicle that had become disabled. As he was attempting to load up the disabled vehicle on the tow truck, a passing 2012 Nissan Versa struck him.
Chavez suffered fatal injuries and died at the scene. He was a 41-year-old Sun Valley resident, according to the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office.
The driver of the Nissan, 33-year-old Rachel Fewings of Los Angeles, remained on scene and was not arrested.
Alcohol and/or drugs are not suspected to be a factor in the crash. Further investigation is underway.
Authorities urged anyone with information regarding this case to contact CHP Officer R. Mayer at 626-296-8100, or the CHP Los Angeles Communication Center at 323-259-3200.
We would like to extend our heartfelt condolences to the family and friends of Presiliano Chavez.
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