UPDATE: Man Fatally Hit by Truck While Crossing 210 Freeway Identified

Wet conditions partially to blame for the fatal collision, CHP says.

UPDATE, 4:38 p.m.: The man fatally struck by a box truck while attempting to cross the 210 Freeway has been identified as Arno Shakhmalian, 18, of Glendale, according to the California Highway Patrol.

His companion is identified as Gabrielle Lavarro, 18, of La Crescenta. Lavarro was uninjured in the incident. The driver of the box truck, 40-year-old Keith Williams of San Bernardino, was also uninjured.

The following account of the incident comes from the CHP report.

At approximately 9:20 a.m., Shakhmalian was in his Lexus traveling on the westbound 210 Freeway near the Arroyo Boulevard/Windsor Avenue exit. Possibly because the road was slick from the recent rain, he lost control of his vehicle, which spun before coming to a stop, blocking the #3 and #4 lanes.

Traffic began to slow to a stop in the #3 and #4 lanes as both Shakhmalian and his passenger, Lavarro, got out of the car. Meanwhile, Williams, in the #2 lane, saw the pair standing outside of the Lexus. He began to slow to 35-40 m.p.h. as he approached the collision. Without warning, Shakhmalian began to run across traffic lanes towards the center median, with Lavarro following close behind him. 

The pair came directly in the path of Williams' Chevrolet/Box Truck. Williams veered to the left, but was unable to avoid hitting Shakhmalian. Williams' truck collided with the center median wall. 

Paramedics transported Shakhmalian to Huntington Memorial Hospital, where he was pronounced dead at 10:20 a.m. The collision is still under investigation.

Original: All lanes of the 210 freeway westbound are clear following an accident and fatality that occurred on the 210 westbound near Arroyo and Windsor Thursday. 

See Patch’s earlier story here.

A vehicle spun out and was facing the wrong way in the middle of the 210 freeway at about 9:22 a.m. Thursday, according to the California Highway Patrol.

A man and woman in the car got out and tried to run across the freeway but the man was hit by a box truck and later died at the hospital, a CHP official told Patch. It is unclear if the woman sustained any injuries.

Several lanes on both sides of the freeway were blocked Thursday morning.

Did you see the accident or aftermath?

D Shelley January 11, 2013 at 04:53 PM
Sad story. Sounds like, being young and inexperienced, the driver and his passenger panicked and made the unwise decision to run for it. I had a similar experience where I spun out on the 605 when I tried to move over to transition to the 60 in a blinding rain storm and the right two lanes were flooded. It IS scary when you are facing the wrong way on the freeway, but folks around me had slowed and I was able to turn my car around and head out. Sounds like the victim's car was still drivable. New drivers sometimes do OK until there is a problem. So sorry for the survivors and witnesses!
Amanda January 11, 2013 at 05:59 PM
Arno and Gabby were my students two years ago. They had been dating all this time. He wrote poetry and she loves fashion. I am so upset and shocked; Arno was a deep-thinker who was always trying to better himself. I send deep regrets to both families.
Concerned January 11, 2013 at 07:27 PM
That is so sad
RT January 17, 2013 at 08:32 PM
The families will read the police report, hospital report, and autopsy report which will be far more graphic than anything you will read here. While I understand your point, perhaps some graphic description will influence readers here, and even people/family who they talk about this article with, to never attempt to cross a freeway regardless of how benign it looks.
Bella Tuniyants January 22, 2013 at 06:21 AM
Bella I know Arno's family almost for two years. This is a very nice, pleasant, friendly family. Just about a few days ago I went to their's house to express my sympathy and feelings to the family. I couldn't look at his parents, they were going crazy. My heart was about to stop because I did not know how to help, what kind of words to use to make them feel a little calm. I was speechless. Arno was a child with good manners. He was very carrying brother. Rest in peace Arno. You will always be in our hearts.


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