Vigil Held for Valencia High School Senior Killed in Hit-and-Run
Hundreds gathered Saturday night to remember a Valencia High School senior who was killed earlier in the day in a hit-and-run on the 5 Freeway after he survived the initial car crash.
Blake Cook, 18, survived the collision between a 2000 Honda Accord and a semi-truck occurred on the northbound 5 Freeway north of Tuxford Street around 4:20 a.m., according to a news release from California Highway Patrol.
A third vehicle then collided with the semi-truck, the release said.
The teen, who was a passenger in the Accord, was struck by a fourth vehicle as he tried to exit the roadway, according to the CHP.
The driver of that vehicle fled the scene, the release stated.
When officers responded to the crash, they discovered the man’s body in one of the lanes, CHP Officer Alex Rubio of the Los Angeles Traffic Management Center said.
A friend of Cook’s expressed disbelief over the teen’s death.
“I woke up and checked my Facebook and I see that,” Tyler Pacheco said. “I couldn’t even believe it, I had to call everyone in my contacts and make sure it was true.”
Another friend had a message for the hit-and-run driver.
“That was all of our friend and you killed him. And now we’re all here, left without a friend,” Kelly Frias said as she visibly fought back tears.
A portion of the freeway was temporarily shut down for several hours while officers investigated, Rubio said.
The SigAlert was cancelled just after 8 a.m. and lanes were reopened, according to a tweet from the CHP.
The 20-year-old driver of the Accord — identified as Eddie Camargo — was arrested on suspicion of DUI, according to the release.
Anyone with information about the incident was asked to contact the CHP at 626-296-8100.
KTLA’s Tracy Bloom, Jim Nash, Geoff Peters and Feven Kiflegiorgis contributed to this report.