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Artesia Man-Local Business Owner Killed in Crash in Cerritos

The fatal accident took the life of the man who owned Okimoto's Automotive Center in Norwalk for more than 30 years.

An Artesia man who was also a longtime Norwalk business owner was killed in a collision on Carmenita Road in Cerritos Monday afternoon.

The victim -- who was later identified as Roy Okimoto of Artesia -- was driving a pickup truck on the eastbound Artesia (91) Freeway just before 2:45 p.m. Nov. 19. He had taken the Carmenita Road off-ramp and as he was coming off the freeway, he collided with another pickup truck traveling south on Carmenita, according to Lt. Jeff Deedrick of the Cerritos Sheriff's Station. 

The victim was taken to a hospital, where he later died, the lieutenant added. 

The other driver was also injured in the accident, though the extent of his injuries was not reported. 

Cerritos traffic detectives were continuing to investigate the circumstances of the crash to determine who was at fault.

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Victim Owned Okimoto's Automotive Center in Norwalk

Okimoto was the owner of Okimoto's Automotive Center, Inc. located at 16400 Pioneer Blvd. -- a business that has been operating in the city of Norwalk since April 1, 1980.

"My dad had been going to his auto repair shop for several years," said Pat Pacheco, who has lives near the family. "He was a very quiet, nice man and a really nice neighbor."

Okimoto and his wife raised their family in Artesia, and their children graduated from Gahr High School. 

Marina November 21, 2012 at 03:47 AM
I have known Roy Okimoto and Roy Jr. for many years and I cant begin to descibe the grief I feel for their families loss. You will not find kinder and more generous people than Roy and Roy Jr. May god rest your soul, Roy and bless your family. Marina
Earl Marchbank November 21, 2012 at 11:51 PM
We have known Roy Okimoto, Roy, Jr. and the other Sons for many years. They have worked on many vehicles for us through the years, have certainly always been very satisfied with their work and have recommended them to many others. We offer our sincere condolences to the family for their loss. I will certainly miss Roy Sr. as I always had a nice visit with him, particularly in the early mornings when they opened shop. He was an exceptionally nice person as are his Sons also.
Gregg Suyenaga November 22, 2012 at 12:20 AM
Sorry to hear that. I worked at Okimoto's for 10 years about 10 years ago. Great family and employers!
WAYNE POTTER November 28, 2012 at 03:14 AM
WE HAVE BEEN COMING T6O ROY OKIMOTOS SHOP FOR MORE THAN 20YEARS. HE AND HIS FAMILY HAS OUR GREATEST CONDOLANCES. THEY OUR GOOD FRIENDS . WE WILL MISS HIM VERY MUCH. WAYNE AND CINDY POTTER
Michelle Doe July 30, 2013 at 09:22 PM
On the collision site, there are flowers for Roy and a sign that says "Killer is Free". So I'm not sure what's going on and why there are no further updates on who is at fault and why the killer is not punished?

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