A vigil was held Monday night for a man who was struck and killed in a chain-reaction crash triggered by a suspected drunk driver who was allegedly traveling the wrong way on the westbound 134 Freeway in Eagle Rock on Sunday.
Salvador Orellana was pronounced dead at the scene after reportedly being struck while standing outside his vehicle after the initial crash.
“They were not even aware of this car coming at such high speeds,” said daughter Karen Orellana. “They had no time to avoid it.”
The accused drunk driver crashed into Orellana and his son Kirk’s car. The father and son survived the crash, but as they exited their car, another driver plowed into both of them.
The impact sent Orellana flying over the guardrail, witnesses said. His body was found 60 feet below the bridge.
“I saw CHP officers looking for something, and my heart sank because I thought maybe something had come off the freeway due to the accident, whether a vehicle or person,” said witness Mark Selective. “And, lo and behold, there was a person laying in that culvert there, on the other side of the fence.”
Kirk Orellana was seriously injured in the crash, but was expected to survive.
The driver was arrested. Police were releasing no other information about the investigation.