Update: CHP Releases Details of Fatal Freeway Crash

The car caught on fire immediately after it was rear-ended going southbound on the 110 Friday.

Update: The California Highway Patrol has released its official report of the fatal car crash that took the life of an infant passenger on Friday evening.

The report indicates that driver of the vehicle had pulled over in lane three of the Arroyo Seco Parkway due to a flat front passenger tire.

"[The driver of the second vehicle] collided with the rear of the first vehicle. This caused [the first vehicle] to catch on fire and eventually become fully engulfed.  The 1 year old passenger of [the first vehicle] became trapped in her car seat as a result of the collision. Attempts were made by the involved parties and witnesses to remove the child from the vehicle but they were overcome by the fire and unsuccessful in their attempts.  The child sustained fatal injuries."

According to CHP's incident report, drugs or alcohol were "not a factor" in the incident. No arrests were made.

Update: According to City News Service, several residents who lived near the 110 freeway attempted to rescue the toddler who died in a fiery car crash on Friday evening.

One of the neighbors who attempted to save the child, identified as 11-month-old Leiana Ramirez, was Jair Aguirre.

A 26-year-old community college student who lives in the neighborhood, Aguirre told the Los Angeles Times that he and three other neighborhood residents attempted to fight the fire with a water hose and buckets.

Aguirre also told The Times that he tried to remove the infant from the car after smashing the window with a baseball bat, but was burned and driven back by the growing flames inside the car.

Update: Leiana Ramirez has been identified as the toddler killed in the crash. She was "here barely 11 months," according to an official at the Los Angeles County Coroner's Office Saturday morning.

Previously: A girl almost 2-years-old was killed after a motorist's car was rear-ended on the 110 and caught fire around 5:30 p.m. Friday. 

"The car caught fire immediately and the mother or other motorists could not get close enough to rescue the child," said South Pas Police Chief Joseph Payne. "The mother was burned on the hands and arms. The car was fully engulfed when we arrived on scene."

The accident occurred while motorists were driving southbound near the York Boulevard exit in Highland Park. 

Matthew Spence, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Fire Department, said that "multiple patients were still being assessed" to determine the severity of their injuries.

California Highway Patrol reported police still on the scene at around 7:30 p.m. Friday. And a SigAlert was issued for three southbound lanes, reported the Pasadena Star-News.

A stretch of the winding freeway was closed across three lanes in the
Southbound direction while the crash was under investigation,
according to the California Highway Patrol.

Check back with Patch as we continue to follow the story.

Ken Camp August 30, 2011 at 10:51 PM
Not so fast, Susan . . . your comments were an attempt at grandstanding your tea bagger philosophy and had nothing to do with this poor child. In short, you were gloating. Having followed many of your posts previously, I can only assume that, once again, you were indulging in your usual bullying, bossy behavior. You remind me of that jerk who recently lost his life in a demonstration against motorcycle helmets. His motorcycle flipped over, he struck his unprotected head and died. Seems fitting, doesn't it?
David Fonseca (Editor) August 30, 2011 at 11:05 PM
Ken--I'm going to ask you to refrain from making personal attacks. We can comment on each others' ideas, not personalities.
dan watson August 30, 2011 at 11:52 PM
I won't comment on Susan's personality, but will strongly disagree with her statement about this tragedy being a good case for not requiring safety belts or child car seats. I don't know what her expertise in this area is, but I've been a police officer for 38 years and have seen countless collisions where occupants lives were saved by safety belts and car seats. I've seen others where people who were not properly belted died when they would have survived otherwise. And, I've never come across an accident where someone survived because they were thrown from a car, although I don't doubt that on a rare occasion that has occurred. Some of my personal experiences - in 1988, four LAPD officers were involved in a horrific crash. Three died. None were wearing belts. The survivor was. Two of the dead officers would clearly have survived had they been wearing belts. In 2003 my elderly parents and another couple were in a roll over collision. All were properly secured and all escaped with relatively minor injuries. On March 15, 2006 my daughter-in-law and 3 year old granddaughter were in a head on collision where the combined speed was approximately 90 mph. Both were properly secured. Both survived with injuries. The other driver, who was not belted in, died at the scene. You're wrong, Susan. I don't know your motivation, but you are absolutely wrong. Safety belts and child car seats save lives.
Nimby pimp August 31, 2011 at 01:32 AM
I don't know Susan and will respect the moderator's request for civility. But I am glad that Ken has called her out. Her comments reveal an ungenerous and corrosive character. Her willingness to use the death of a child as an opportunity to punish an ideology is reprehensible.
Ken Camp August 31, 2011 at 01:41 PM
You're right, Dan. Some of us are more interested in grandstanding our tea bagger philosophies than experiencing real life. And then we wring our hands and decide which government agency is to blame. I just feel sorry for the poor child and her mother.
Chris Colburn August 31, 2011 at 03:05 PM
I beg to differ Susan, and think you have your wires crossed. I have been in the emergency medical field as an EMT/Firefighter and an ER nurse for almost 20 combined years. In that time, I've responded to hundreds of accidents and seen scores more victims of crashes in the ER. The factor in ALL of their survival from their injuries were properly worn safety restraints and child safety seats. Of all of the fatal accidents where my team had to extricate the victim (cut them out of the car with heavy machinery) or they were ejected from the vehicle, well above 90% were unrestrained. I have seen seatbelts and child seats save lives first-hand. So to prove your "theory" wrong, here is just a few excerpts from "peer reviewed" (that means the results are concurred with by evaluating the data presented; usually by others in the same research field) academic studies of credible origin. So, believe what you will and don't wear your seatbelt. I'll be more than happy to say "I told you so" when I see you in my ER. http://www.jmu.edu/safetyplan/vehicle/generaldriver/safetybelt.shtml http://www.nsc.org/safety_road/DriverSafety/Pages/SeatBelts.aspx
Ken Camp August 31, 2011 at 03:51 PM
For those who still believe that an infant should be able to make democratic decisions regarding seat belts, here is an article about a motorcycle protest against helmet laws that went awry: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2011/07/03/motorcyclist-dies-helmet-protest_n_889427.html
Laurie Allee August 31, 2011 at 06:16 PM
I would love to know if there is a family fund, scholarship fund or charitable organization for donations. I and so many others have been deeply affected by this tragedy and would like to help the family and honor Leiana's memory. I offer deepest condolences to the mother and other family and friends at this horrible time.
Ken Camp August 31, 2011 at 06:55 PM
Great idea! Someone in my neighborhood Yahoo group was also asking the same thing, so it appears there are people out there who want to help.
Alexis Lewis Rubatzky September 01, 2011 at 09:17 PM
Samika (mother of Leiana) is a friend of mine from college. They are a beautiful family and this is a tragedy that is beyond words. There is a fund set up for them here: http://apps.facebook.com/fundrazr/activity/d37a1fdff27147a2b97ebd297781784a?psid=f70ca5ee474649f4af306d1dbb5269e4
Chris Colburn September 23, 2011 at 03:53 PM
1/2 In my experience, I have seen ONE person survive (to full recovery) an ejection (being thrown) from a vehicle. She was lucky enough to land in a freshly irrigated field in Northern CA (in most cases: human body + speed (=/<) 25MPH + pavement = DEATH). In ALL of the other wrecks I have responded to or treated in the ER, the seatbelt saved their lives. The others who died, would have done so regardless of a restraint like a seatbelt. Should the big bad government require you to wear a seatbelt? My answer is a resounding YES. When insurance companies pay out to people who were injured while not following the law, our premiums go up. For those who are uninsured, it is us (the taxpayer) who pays for their care when their is no insurance to cover costs. If their injuries are lessoned by an active restraint, there is less time spent in a hospital recovering; so yes, make me wear my seatbelt.
Chris Colburn September 23, 2011 at 03:54 PM
2/2 You must also consider the quality of life of those survivors. I for one would not call a dibilitaing injury that requires around-the-clock care or being in a permanent vegitative state "survival". I worked in two facilities where I took care of accident "survivors" who were but empty shells of their former selves (comatose, on ventilators or with severe brain injuries with ZERO recovery prognosis). I don't want that for me or my loved ones, and would never associate that with "survival". I do firmly believe that we should have the right to choose our own destinies with most things we do as free men/women. but the government has it right with this one. And stop being so defensive, it wasn't a personal attack. Safety requirements are not stemming from communism, look up the word before you use it so freely to describe something so clearly unrelated. In fact, it is many of those safety rules that keep you alive and safe in the workplace, at home and in public. Do you want a world where people have no speed limit, no traffic laws, and people can throw their trash in the streets and dump hazardous chemicals in our rivers and oceans? Safety laws are there for a reason, and altough rigorous and cumbersome at times, they do SAVE LIVES.
Chris Colburn September 23, 2011 at 03:58 PM
Vehicle ejection survival rates from 2003: http://www-nrd.nhtsa.dot.gov/Pubs/809782.PDF
Nimby pimp September 24, 2011 at 04:43 PM
Ah, that familiar drone of Tea Party talking points. The onset of Alzheimer's Disease perhaps? How else can we explain the persistently irrational, ahistorical Horatio Alger cant from a generation of middle class old timers who were the beneficiaries of human history's greatest moment of governmental munificence? Educated by the world's greatest public school system, assisted in the purchase of their homes by the GI Bill, their old age supplemented by Social Security and their upcoming hospice stay paid for by Medicare, they insist on demonizing the state's dark power over American lives. Whatever happened to the stoicism of the Greatest Generation who made genuine sacrifices for their country and then got old in quiet, noble dignity? Tea Party rhetoric invokes the inconography of a more dignified America, but Tea Partiers are anything but, choosing instead to act out their senior years with behavior appropriate of frustrated children. God Bless American indeed.
Ron Rosen September 24, 2011 at 06:45 PM
Nimby Pimp: You're too good a writer to be using that name. Come out and tell us who you are!
Denise September 25, 2011 at 07:03 AM
Susan, your points have nothing to do with this tragedy. Having a child in a car seat is completely different from your examples. This is not an adult making a decision, it is a small child. Are we a nanny state if we require parents to feed and clothe their children? Car seats make children significantly safer. Period. You are ignorant about this issue; the fact that you think you've seen accidents on the news that you think show something means absolutely nothing. (And you are even wrong about that--they have to use Jaws of Life and other methods when parts of the car have people pinned; they can slice a seatbelt quickly.) Cops and firefighters see car accidents on a pretty regular basis, are making no money from carseat sales, and have no reason to favor a "nanny state." They have been clear that children need to be in carseats, and to do otherwise is neglectful. Have some decency and let this be. A child is dead.
Nimby pimp September 25, 2011 at 03:41 PM
@Ron, What's in a name? A post by any other name would sting as much. This isn't TMZ or match.com. This is a forum for conversation about issues. Thanks for the good word.
Nimby pimp September 25, 2011 at 04:47 PM
Another favorite trope of these people: My ignorance and bitterness is not my own doing. It is the fault of the state. But I choose personal responsibility.
John Q. Public February 19, 2012 at 04:27 PM
Sorry Susan, the only thing you proved is what a low-life you are to come back to such a tragic story to 6 months after a family has tried to put their lives back together with a comment like that. This would be one of the times that no one would want to be right; yet you feel the need to gloat? You should be ashamed of yourself!
Nimby pimp February 19, 2012 at 06:27 PM
She is truly wretched.
Ken Camp February 20, 2012 at 05:15 PM
"Proved everyone wrong"? Where is your "proof?" You don't care about this poor child, only in being "proven right." This is a neurosis of yours, not some tea bagger agenda. How many times must we read your rants on how nobody cares about noise pollution or one of the hundreds of things that bother your miserable life on Idell Street when you GLOAT over the death of a child? Why don't you just SHUT UP? -- Ken Camp, Los Angeles
John Q. Public February 24, 2012 at 04:06 PM
So this isn't your quote from above; "Proved everyone wrong. Child would have been saved if not stuck in the car seat."? Sure looks like you mentioned the child and what happened. A personal attack would be saying something that is untrue to distract a reader from the real issue. What you said was dispicable and therefore the responses to it are not a personal attack. You purposely came back with the intent to gloat, so you should expect others to exercise their right of free speech in response to your ignorant and misguided drivel.
Ken Camp February 24, 2012 at 09:18 PM
You know what, Susan? I think you're glad Leiana Ramirez died. You can rant about "personal attacks" all you want, but there are some things said and done that are so ugly and horrific to a community that people speak out. In court these are sometimes referred to as "fighting words." Speaking of court, I can recognize a threat when I read one. So if you don't like me telling you to shut up, why don't you sue me? Superior Court is downtown on Hill Street.
Susan R February 25, 2012 at 08:37 AM
David, you have to stop Ken's personal attacks. The things he says are below cruel especially putting this unfortunate family in the middle of his personal attacks.
Nimby pimp February 25, 2012 at 03:23 PM
Susan R - Your critics are doing you a favor by offering you a mirror to yourself. Many of us who visit this Patch find your online behavior to be boorish and punishing. Rather than rushing to defend yourself, perhaps it is time to become an adult and take stock of yourself.
Sam Burgess February 25, 2012 at 03:53 PM
Susan, In the Cypress Park area of Northeast L.A. there is a Divine Savior Church on Cypress Ave. Are you the one who stands outside this church with signs complaining about church noise, etc.?
John Q. Public February 25, 2012 at 03:57 PM
Deleting your comments to play it like people are attacking you is a low and manipulative thing to do. I suggest you seek some form of counselling or therapy. Nobody here is making a personal attack, you painted yourself as the target when you made the now deleted comment; "Proved everyone wrong. Child would have been saved if not stuck in the car seat." So (wait for it, here comes the first personal attack from me) maybe you should crawl back under your rock and stop crying for the editor to bail you out when you're the one who is acting like the total @$$!
Susan R February 25, 2012 at 04:35 PM
Yes. The amplified sound system goes off 6 or more times a day every day starting at 7:55AM. You can read my blog "I am a noise victim". This is why others attack me. If they real Democrats they were be defending me. http://highlandpark-ca.patch.com/blog_posts/patch-blog-i-am-a-noise-victim
Nimby pimp February 25, 2012 at 04:38 PM
@ John Q. - I too have witnessed from Susan the kind of behavior you describe. She will post an ignorant, incorrect or offensive comment, take heat for it, erase her original offending comment and then play victim. This behavior is particularly amusing given the fact that she is a staunch proponent of "personal responsibility."
David Fonseca (Editor) February 25, 2012 at 05:19 PM
I'm going to close comments on this story--the conversation has veered off topic and devolved into an exchange of personal attacks.


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