Two Died In Two West Covina Crashes

Staff Reports West Covina – Two people were killed last month in two West Covina car crashes. The first crash occurred on Dec. 22 at around 2 a.m., when Baldwin Park resident, Andrew Joey Villagran, crashed his car into a pole, according to local reports. Villagran, 25, was traveling west in his 1974 Volkswagen Beetle, when his car veered to the left, crossed the eastbound lanes, and jumped the curb, according to the report. He crashed into a wooden utility pole off 15610 San Bernardino Road and later died at the USC Medical Center. The second crash occurred on Dec. 25 at around 9 p.m., when two apparent street racers crashed into a van, killing a 90-year-old woman. Rialto residents Vincent Lopez, 30, and Victor Hugo Sanchez, 34, were reported to be drinking in a nearby bar an hour before the incident. Then witnesses had seen them street racing on Lark Ellen Ave. and Merced Ave., where they also ran the corner stop signs, according to local reports. The men were reported to have crashed into a van driven by Jaime Ochoa, who was driving home his mother, Cilia La Torre, 90. La Torre had just been released from Queen of the Valley Hospital and was seated in a wheelchair secured in the van when the crash occurred. However, the impact of the collision caused her to be thrown from the van and pronounced dead at the scene. Ochoa was taken to USC Medical Center to be treated for head trauma. Lopez was taken to the Queen of Valley Hospital for leg injuries. Lopez and Sanchez were booked for suspicion of felony drunken driving and may face other charges for the death, according to reports. If anyone has information regarding either of these crashes, please contact the West Covina Police Department at (626) 939-8500.