One killed, five injured in oncoming motorway crash in Encino – NBC Los Angeles

The brother of a woman killed in a reverse traffic accident on the 101 freeway in Encino said on Friday her sister was worried about her husband who was behind the wheel, survived and faces murder charges in the crash .

The accident was reported at 7:10 p.m. at 101 near the San Diego Freeway (405), after the driver crashed into a large platform, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Juan Zavala said the last time he spoke with his sister, Aimee Guadalupe Garcia, 25, she called him from the car, scared and worried about her husband, Cesar Iban Torres, 31, who was in the car. flying.

“He was talking nonsense, saying that God gave them the power to destroy the world, that God asked him to give him his family,” Zavala said.

Just hours after that phone call, Torres entered Freeway 101 at Encino in oncoming traffic, crashing into a large platform.

Aimée was killed.

Cesar and the couple’s four children, aged 8 to 18 months, survived. They were taken to hospital as a precaution, police said. The driver of the large platform, Jose Garcia Lopez, 56, was only slightly injured and received treatment on the spot.

“The older one suffered more trauma because he saw it all happen,” Zavala said. “He saw his mother’s condition and how his father fled the scene.”

After the crash, CHP officers say they must have shot Torres because he attacked officers.

Garcia’s family are trying to figure out what happened.

“As I was talking to him, I heard my sister: ‘Please, please drive slowly. I’m scared,’ he said.

Zavala believes the accident was no accident.

“It’s sad to know that my sister gave her life for her children, to remain silent, just to maintain a happy home when he was actually not happy,” he said.

The family speak to investigators as they attempt to raise funds to support Aimee’s four children and bring her mother to the United States.

Zavala says he wished he could have done more to help his sister and has a message for his brother-in-law.

“You are responsible for taking my sister’s life and leaving your children without a mother and father,” he said. “Thank goodness I’m here as a good uncle and a good older brother. I’m going to take responsibility for my nephews because that’s what my sister wanted to do.”

Torres was arrested and is now in jail, charged with first degree murder and resisting arrest.

It is not known whether it was alcohol or drugs.

All except the first lane of the southbound Ventura highway were blocked as paramedics assessed the patients, according to the CHP. Friday at 2:30 am, all lanes were reopened.

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