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Update: Victim's Family Responds to Fatal Freeway Crash

All lanes of the southbound Pasadena Freeway have reopened after a fatal crash on the highway early Tuesday morning.

Update: The 18-year-old teen who died in a car accident on the Arroyo Seco Parkway Tuesday morning was confirmed by the L.A. Coroner's office as Agustin Velasquez.

According to Velasquez's aunt, Leah Reyes, he was a recent high school graduate who lived in City Terrace. Friends and family referred to him as "Freddie."

"He was just a nice and friendly kid, he never got into trouble," Reyes said. "It's just such a shock, I had just seen him two days ago."

His mother, Jenny Velasquez, said her son had taken a job at a warehouse immediately after graduating to save money for college.

"He graduated in July. He got a job and started working graveyard shifts so he could save money for college," Velasquez said. "He was a good kid, he wanted to be a music producer."

Velasquez said her son had purchased the car that he was driving at the time of the accident with the money he saved from his warehouse job.

"He just bought the car a month ago," she said.

Original Article: An 18-year-old male from Los Angeles was killed around 1 a.m. Tuesday after losing control of his vehicle on the southbound Pasadena (110) Freeway just south of Orange Grove Avenue in South Pasadena, according to the California Highway Patrol (CHP).

The man was driving at an unsafe speed, before veering off and hitting the center concrete wall of the freeway, accordng to reports. His Honda was then hit by another male driver, 78, from Artesia, who was transported to Huntington Memorial Hospital for minor injuries. 

The 18-year-old male was pronounced dead at the scene. 

A passing vehicle hit the debris from the Honda, but there were no additional injuries. 

The crash resulted in the closure of all southbound lanes, however they have reopened since the accident. The collision is still under investigation, according to CHP.

This is the second fatal crash to occur on the freeway in the past eight months. In August,

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David Fonseca June 12, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Hi Jenny, thanks for commenting. Many of us make mistakes in life and are fortunate enough to walk away from them. I'm deeply sorry that Freddie did not have the opportunity to do just that. To the rest of the commenters--let's keep that in mind and focus instead on what we can all do to make the 110 safer, rather than focus on the actions of any individual driver.
sammiemonique June 28, 2012 at 06:49 AM
Hmm people with negative comments are you investigators or something? Do you guys work with the CHP or anything related to that? because seems like you guys "do" !! First get the facts and then talk please! if us family don't know exactly what was my cousin thinking how in the world do you guys know? Yes my cousin might have been speeding but then again, how's it possible for him to hit the concrete and instantly pass away but then yet the second car was at a "safe" speed and couldn't see my cousin? Think people, if Freddy was or wasn't going at a safe speed he still could have been alive what killed my cousin was the second car! How can the second car no have seen him? how can he not just moved to the side some bit before hitting my cousin? Quit blaming my cousin and get your facts straight and do some thinking before talking !!!
nonoise June 28, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Sam, that is what I said too.
nonoise June 28, 2012 at 03:26 PM
That is what I said too, see Susan R above.
Jacqueline December 27, 2012 at 01:08 AM
My cousin was a great kid had no enemies Yeh maybe he was speeding but you can't blame Wat you don't know n see. If it was any of yr family members you would feel hurt his like our family so plz no negative comments!!! Merry Christmas n happy new years cousin we love you may you rest in paradise!!!

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