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?

OPTIMUM61 January 10, 2013 at 09:59 PM
Were they trying to flee?
Caroline January 10, 2013 at 10:22 PM
yikes....I was on the 210 east just around then but exited the freeway at Washington Blvd when I saw traffic start to slow in the right hand lane. I'm glad I didn't see the aftermath...very sad for the fatality.
Jennifer Marlow January 10, 2013 at 10:26 PM
Why would anyone attempt to run across a freeway? Did they think that was a safer option then staying inside the car for help?
Lisa January 10, 2013 at 10:31 PM
The 210 Fwy does not intersect with Arroyo Pkwy at all, nor is it even close. Arroyo Pkwy (North) ends at Holly Street. Arroyo Pkwy (South) becomes the 110 Fwy South.
Jessica Hamlin January 10, 2013 at 10:43 PM
Hi Lisa, The CHP report said Arroyo Street (which I can't find any record of), and Altadena Captain John Benedict tweeted that it was near Arroyo Parkway with a photo so I went with his observation. It could have been Arroyo Blvd., so I am checking to see if CHP made an error.
M Menend January 10, 2013 at 11:07 PM
I saw the aftermath. I am still a bit shook up....whatever choices they made, ended his life. That poor mom. That poor woman that was with him.
R Terry January 10, 2013 at 11:13 PM
They spun out it said. Intoxicated? Maybe. At least they were apparently facing the wrong direction and may have felt like sitting ducks stopped in the middle of the freeway. Some poor judgement here.
Gary Donahue January 10, 2013 at 11:31 PM
I hope the best for the person driving the truck. In 1986 I hit someone trying to run across the 605 on a rainy night. I've had to live with that nightmare and now this driver will have the nightmares too. What a horrible thing for everyone involved.
Karen Bristing January 10, 2013 at 11:38 PM
The Arroyo exit is right before the Berkshire exit westbound. Near the CHP office. Saw the stopped traffic and exited at Arroyo and took Woodbury back to La Canada. Very sad there was a fatality.
SteveB January 10, 2013 at 11:48 PM
Perhaps the Woodbury/Arroyo Blvd. exit?
laazmom0809 January 11, 2013 at 12:25 AM
I actually witnessed it. I was on my way to work going east bound and saw the man get hit. It was the most horrific thing I have ever seen. It's so sad.
Jessica Hamlin January 11, 2013 at 12:33 AM
Update: A press release CHP put out later this afternoon says it was near Arroyo and Windsor, which means that would be Arroyo Blvd., not street or parkway as authorities said. No one at CHP was available for a while to clarify the exact location.
Melissa M. January 11, 2013 at 12:36 AM
I witnesed the Man killed July of last year on Pasadena Ave and I would never wish what I saw on anyone. @Gary, I cannot imagine the pain and PTSD you must still have over your incident. I never hit anyone, yet just from what I witnessed I have a hard time walking on roads without side walks or watching even scenes from shows where someone is hit by a car. Even knowing it's not real. I pray for this Man's family, for anyone who witnessed it and for the driver of the box truck. Their lives have forever been changed.
DeeJey Rab'idd January 11, 2013 at 01:11 AM
I saw the man laying there and the woman was on her cell phone crying in shock, while a police officer was hold in her on her shoulder trying to keep her calm .. The man was laying on his bottom with his legs in front of him and his head on his shin and was facing the center divider, while another officer was telling him to not move ..at that very moment the emts were crossing the center divider in a hurry to help the man ... So sad I can still see everything in my mnd... My condolences to their families ...
Melissa M. January 11, 2013 at 03:35 AM
Re: The recent update of his identity. Only 18 years old! How horrible :( So sorry for his Family!
Francisco Chaidez January 11, 2013 at 07:03 AM
We were on our way to a job when we spotted one of our service trucks. The driver of the box truck is my co worker and friend. His life will be forever changed by this tragedy. We will be there for him for moral support.
not Carl Peterson lll January 11, 2013 at 08:06 AM
Maybe I am over cautious, but perhaps we should keep the visuals private. Once posted, they will be out there for the families to see forever.
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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