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UPDATED: Man Killed After Slamming Into Big Rig on 91 Freeway in Cerritos

The accident took place early Thursday resulting in a SigAlert of several eastbound lanes, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Editor's Note: The victim has been identified as Gerardo Angel, 35, of Norwalk. Click here for the latest update on this story.

* Updated at 12 p.m. with details of accident.

A man was killed when his car rear-ended a big rig on the Artesia (91) Freeway in early Thursday, prompting the closure of three eastbound lanes.

The collision was reported on the eastbound 91 Freeway at Norwalk Boulevard at 1:45 a.m. on Oct. 25 , according to California Highway Patrol Officer Patrick Kimball. Initial reports indicated that multiple vehicles were involved, he added.

A CHP sergeant at the scene told a member of the media that the victim's compact car rear-ended a big rig that was re-entering traffic after pulling over so the driver could secure the load on his flatbed trailer.

The victim, described as a 30-something Hispanic man, died at the scene, Kimball said. His identity was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

A SigAlert for the No. 2, 3, and 4 lanes was issued at 2:40 a.m. to accomodate the accident investigation.  

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Elizabeth Corral October 25, 2012 at 04:59 PM
All I know is that this is a tragedy and the wife should have been informed of this the right way. If the officials saw the name being hispanic why didn't they send an officer that spoke spanish to deliver the horrible news. I happen to be a close friend to the family and I was just notified of this loss.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 25, 2012 at 07:50 PM
Elizabeth, do you know when the victim's wife was eventually notified? I'm assuming based on your comment, that there was a delay in notification because of a language barrier? In any case, my heart goes out to the victim's family -- this is the third person to have been killed on this freeway in the past couple weeks. It is always tragic to have to post stories like this. ~ MarieSam, Editor for Cerritos-Artesia Patch
J.Bell October 26, 2012 at 04:31 AM
I'm so sad I pray for his family during this hard time! I'm lost for words we will miss you so much yogi bear. He was a amazing fun loving family man who loved his family and talked about them all the time, my Heart is broken another angel watching over us!!
R.M. October 26, 2012 at 06:36 AM
You will be missed and always be an "Angel" to alot of people, big guy. I miss you already @ the floor today... Condolence to his families/kids. I just wish that this is just all a bad dream. Still dont want to believed that your gone!!!
wilbur torres October 26, 2012 at 07:12 PM
He was one of a kind. Loved his family and had 2 jobs to take care of his family. He will be miss as he was always joking with everybody. Your a Angel" and will be with the Angels.
MarieSam Sanchez (Editor) October 26, 2012 at 07:45 PM
Hi everyone, this is MarieSam Sanchez -- editor of Cerritos-Artesia Patch and the person who wrote this article. I just received an email from a organization in Mexico who would like to help Gerardo's family -- if any of you have contact emails or phone numbers for his wife/family, can you please contact me? I can be reached at mariesam@patch.com -- thanks in advance for any help you can give!
Venus Aguilar Angel October 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
Hi Marie Sam, if the organization is called Red Paisano Mexico & Estamos Unions we have already gotten in contact with them and someone will be visiting us tomorrow. They also contacted the coroner's office and they provided their number. The officer came to my uncle's home around 4:00 AM to let my Aunt and cousins (Angel's immediate fam) know of my uncle's passing. If you have any more questions feel free to email me.
ROBERTO October 27, 2012 at 04:01 AM
HERMANO TE EXTRANARE..., TU SIEMPRE TAN FELIZ, CON CHISTES, Y TOMANDO LA VIDA POR EL LADO AMABLE, TU SIEMPRE TAN AUDAZ, Y TRATANDO DE HACER FELIZ A TODA TU FAMILIA Y AMIGOS,ASTA LUEGO, MY BIG-BOY.. ROBERT
Dariel October 27, 2012 at 09:50 AM
You will always live in our memories your a genuine friend and a loving father. Your the biggest guy in all of our hearts and your really going to be missed. We love you dearly and pray the best comes along for your family. Dariel
Tiffany Taylor October 29, 2012 at 09:25 PM
I used to go see him every Friday night at the Garden...he always had a big bear hug for me. we always talked about our families and dogs. i just learned of his passing Friday night and i couldn't stop the tears...I will miss you my Angel...you are in my heart always and my prayers go out to his family. Such a terrible loss for mankind.
lydia m llamas October 31, 2012 at 06:12 AM
I just wanna say we will miss angel so much at the racetrack ....he was one of a kind ... And lived for his family.. many conversations with this man were about his wife or his kids or his dogs ... Everytime were laughing moments ... He always kept me with positives thoughts and if I was on a bad note this man would change it with his jokes.... Angel w e miss you and may u rest in peace from a tackshop friend at the track moe

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