CERRITOS – A woman who was hit head-on by a wrong-way driver and died in a fiery crash on the southbound San Gabriel River (605) Freeway in Cerritos was identified Saturday.
Alyssa Aragon-Ramirez, 26, was an El Monte resident, according to the coroner’s office.
The collision, which was reported about 2:20 a.m. Friday south of Studebaker Road, involved a 2021 Hyundai Elantra and a 2017 Honda Civic, according to the California Highway Patrol.
“A witness observed the driver of the Hyundai make a U-turn, for no apparent reason, from the right shoulder of the freeway and travel the wrong direction,” according to the CHP. “The driver of the Hyundai proceeded northbound within the southbound number one lane of Interstate 605.”
CHP officials said the Honda driver now identified as Aragon-Ramirez, was southbound in the same lane and the Hyundai collided head-on with her car, leaving both vehicles engulfed in flames.
A good Samaritan pulled Aragon-Ramirez from her car but she died at the scene.
The Los Angeles man driving the Hyundai was trapped in his car and died at the scene, according to the CHP. His name has not yet been released.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call the CHP Santa Fe Springs Area office at 562-868-0503.
The family has set up a GoFundMe account to accept donations towards funeral costs.