Two fatal wrong-way accidents are included in the 730 incidents that occurred from sunset to sunrise over this last Sunday in Southern California. The wrong-way accidents happened early Sunday on the 210 Freeway in Monrovia and the 405 near the Getty Center.
On the 405 early Sunday, Feb. 16, a suspected drunk driver in a 2010 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck traveled southbound in the northbound lanes. The driver, Marco Abrego, 42, smashed head-on into a Jaguar. The Jaguar then spun out of control and hit a third vehicle, a 2010 Toyota Corolla.
The accident happened about 2:30 a.m. in the Bel-Air area near Bel Air Crest Road.
Authorities pronounced the 2000 Jaguar S driver, Joey Trianders Allen, 43, of Lancaster, dead at the scene. The female driver of the Corolla refused medical treatment.
First-responders treated Abrego for injuries and then police arrested him on suspicion of driving under the influence.
Authorities closed the road for several hours, not opening it until 8 a.m.
Later Sunday morning, on the eastbound 210, just east of Huntington Drive, another wrong-way driver plowed into a vehicle.
A female driver in a 2017 Chevrolet Cruze headed westbound in the eastbound lanes when she crashed head-on into a 2017 Toyota Tacoma pickup truck.
First-responders pronounced the driver of the Chevrolet dead at the scene. Paramedics took the driver of the pickup truck, a 19-year-old Hemet man, to the hospital with major injuries that included broken legs and a broken pelvis.
Authorities have not determined if drugs or alcohol played a factor in this crash. The road stayed closed until about 1:20 p.m.