Man Killed After SUV Crashes Into Tree In Chino Hills

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By Anthony Saude

Chino Hills – A 74-year-old man was pronounced dead at the scene of an accident when his Honda Pilot SUV crashed into a tree on Wednesday, December 20, in Chino Hills. The 73-year-old passenger in the vehicle escaped with only minor injuries.  The SUV crashed into the tree — which fell over and blocked both lanes of the Chino Hills Parkway, the San Bernardino County Sheriff’s Department said.

It reported that investigators believe that Felipe Rustia, of Chino Hills, was driving southbound on Chino Hills parkway when drove over a raised cement center divider and into a tree on the divider. The accident took place just south of Walnut Creek Drive. The Passenger Noel Rustia, 73, also of Chino Hills was a passenger in the vehicle; she was transported to a local hospital via ambulance with only minor injuries, the police report said.

The release said that, the incident was reported just before 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday. When deputies arrived on the scene they found the SUV had sustained serious front-end damage. The tree was also down, blocking the northbound and southbound lanes of Chino Hills Parkway.

Rustia crossed Walnut Creek Drive and for an unknown reason, drove over the cement divider and hit a large tree in the grass area, the release said.

Chino Hills Parkway between Grand Avenue and Walnut Creek Drive was closed until 6:30 am on Thursday the cause of the accident is still be determined.

Anyone with information on this incident is encouraged to call the sheriff’s Office at the Chino Hills Station at 909-364-2000.

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