11-year-old killed in wrong-way crash on 60 Freeway; 2 charged in girl's death
CITY OF INDUSTRY, Calif. - An 11-year-old girl was killed in a wrong-way crash involving a semi-truck in the City of Industry on the 60 Freeway Wednesday morning.
Officials with the California Highway Patrol said the wrong-way, hit-and-run crash happened around 4 a.m.
According to an arrest report from CHP, the driver of a black Hyundai sedan, Priscilla Cornejo, was traveling in front of her husband Johnathon Cornejo, who was inside a black Ford sedan, on the westbound lanes of State Route 60 near the 605 Freeway. The woman's Hyundai crashed into a big rig, causing the vehicle to spin out of control and land in the opposite direction.
For some reason, the driver of the Hyundai continued driving and proceeded to crash into a Toyota Corolla and other vehicles. Two people became trapped in the wreckage and a female passenger inside the Corolla, an 11-year-old girl, was pronounced dead at the scene.
Priscilla Cornejo managed to get out of her vehicle and hopped inside her husband's Ford vehicle, CHP's arrest report read.
Caltrans officials closed all westbound lanes before the Crossroads Parkway exit. A SigAlert was issued and traffic was diverted off the freeway at 7th Avenue. By 9:15 a.m., all lanes reopened.
After a days-long search, the couple was eventually placed into custody. Both face charges in connection to the 11-year-old girl's death.
The couple is being held on a $1 million bond each.