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Two men charged in local hit-and-run

Posted: January 7, 2013 4:21 p.m.
Updated: January 7, 2013 4:21 p.m.

A hit and run traffic collision on a local freeway Saturday night has ended in the arrest of two Santa Clarita men, one found hiding in a dumpster at the end of a brief pursuit, a California Highway Patrol sergeant said.

About 9 p.m. Saturday, a motorist was traveling northbound in the fast lane on Interstate 5 at approximately 65 to 70 miles per hour, just to the left front of another motorist also northbound in the adjacent lane, said CHP Sgt. John Lutz in a media release issued Monday.

The motorists, both driving Jeep vehicles, were just north of Interstate 405, when the first motorist changed lanes, Lutz explained in the release.

The first motorist, driving a 2004 Jeep Liberty, changed lanes across all northbound lanes of traffic directly in front of the other motorist causing the second one to brake hard to avoid a collision.  

He lost control of his Jeep Liberty, Lutz said, near the right road edge and returned out of control back across northbound lanes and hit the right side of the other vehicle, a 1999 Jeep Grand Cherokee.

The impact of the collision caused the Cherokee to spin out of control easterly across lanes and roll down the median, across the single truck lane and onto the northbound shoulder of I-5, just north of the I-405, Lutz said.

Firefighters with the Los Angeles County Fire Department responded to the crash and extricated the Cherokee’s driver and two passengers.

The driver of the Cherokee is identified as 58-year-old Victor Alvarado, of San Fernando.

His two passengers are identified as 58-year-old Leticia Alvarado and 17-year-old Andy Solis, both of San Fernando.

Leticia Alvarado was treated at the crash scene and taken to Providence Holy Cross Hospital.  
CHP investigators have identified the driver of the Jeep Liberty as Alberto Gomez and his passenger as Rene Galvan, both 32, of Santa Clarita.

Gomez fled the scene of the collision in his Jeep Liberty, Lutz said.

Alvarado, the other driver, gave CHP officers a description of the Jeep Liberty and its license plate.

CHP officers went to the address on Gomez’s driver registration to make contact with the occupants of his vehicle.

They saw the driver and occupants of the Jeep Liberty return to the address about 9:34 p.m., Lutz said.

As they approached the vehicle, it sped away.

An additional CHP unit positioned his patrol car at the driveway of the complex, Lutz said, in an attempt to keep the subject vehicle in the vicinity.

As it sped away, the Jeep Liberty struck the CHP patrol car’s driver door.

After a short pursuit, the suspect vehicle came to a stop and the driver took off on foot, then bailed over a wall next to the complex, Lutz said.

He was found a short distance away, hiding in a dumpster in the nearby alley.   

The passenger was also arrested.  

Gomez was transported to Foothill Los Angeles Police Department where he was booked as charged.  

Galvan was transported to the Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Department where he also was booked as charged.  

This collision and the details surrounding the subsequent crimes remain under investigation, Lutz said.
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