LAPD Van Nuys Division
bustling front counter at the LAPD Van Nuys Division. Officer Ortiz is a friendly, attractive,
non-assuming man who exudes a quiet self confidence. He easily told his perspective and
observations of the Commerce Crash.
the #1 lane. We left Disneyland at approximately 11:30 p.m. The first indication I had that
something was wrong, was observing strange light movement ahead of me. I did not know
what I was seeing at the time. Didn't know it was a truck.
lights, I would not have had reason to slow down and be safe. Next, I saw a UPS truck
flipping and blowing up on contact with the freeway divider. It was an instant explosion.
As soon as it hit the wall, it blew up.
stop in time before hitting the UPS truck. (Javier Gonzalez was the driver of the red Blazer
that plowed into the rear portion of the UPS truck that lay ablaze in front of him).
It was too hot and I could not continue in that direction. I then saw someone trying to get
out of the back of the vehicle that crashed into the back of the UPS truck. I popped out the
back window, then grabbed the man who was struggling to get out and placed him on the
pavement. I had to move him once again with the continued explosions. Things were
blowing up and falling around us. I was concerned about the toxic fumes from the fire
as well, plastics and other possible sources.
the road. I later learned that he had been stuck in a car that had caught fire. He appeared
to have severe road rash. Do you know what road rash looks like? We nod in the affirmative.
(red bloodied streaky exposed flesh). I could only talk and comfort him.
I saw a lot of cardboard boxes burning that acted as fuel. I stayed on scene for another
1 ½ to 2 hours.
There was a low spot on the block wall next to the freeway (adjacent to Telegraph Road)
that allowed the firefighters to climb onto the freeway. It was difficult for them to access
the crash area because of the heavy and stopped traffic in both directions of the freeway.
They immediately went to help the people and cars that were on fire.
easily to me. I do not consider myself a hero and didn't think my actions deserve a medal.
(being the “Bad guy with the tattoos!”)
Youtubevideo, is that your voice?
Did anyone else attempt to help?
Do you know who that truck belongs to?
CHP contacted me two months after the crash. I don't believe the penalties are hard
enough on street racers.
I will give you a copy, I let Javier know and he is okay with it all. I also understand that you we 5-10 cars
or so behind Javier during the crash. I would like to know what you seen from your perspective, just from
your perspective what you were able to see and what it felt like,the whole atmosphere of the crash and the unfolding of following events, so I can convey, write and explain the whole seen, the senses, sounds and
all the rest............You need to know that you are the real Hero of this story, You will see from what I have
I am only part way there. Let me take you to dinner up here and talk. I have read the Autopsy reports of
my daughter and the other two deaths, other than real pictures nothing will upset me, we did closed
casket for my daughter's furerald we never viewed her again after the crash, we were warned
- So I can handle what ever you saw, just not real pictures.