Los Angeles, CA Fatal Freeway Crash, Jan 1958

Two Die in Fiery Crash on Freeway.

Two persons were killed instantly and a third injured critically last night when their new sedan hurtled into a Pasadena Freeway bridge pillar after a 120-foot skid and caught fire.

All three were thrown from the demolished car after it smashed against the concrete structure on the inbound lane of the Riverside Drive overpass.

Tentatively identified by the Coroner's office were John James Tyler, 33, of 141½ E 79th St. Taken to White Memorial Hospital with major injuries was Joseph Tucker, 16, of Marin City.

Thrown 35 Feet.

Force of the impact flattened the front end of the car to the windshield. Young Tucker was thrown 35 feet. Police said they were not certain who the driver was.

Two Fire Department units put out flames from the engine before they spread to the rest of the car.

Officers Larry Buoncristian and L. T. Massaro, investigating the accident, said the driver, traveling at a high rate of speed, was approaching the bridge when he apparently mistook an emergency parking apron as an off-ramp and turned to hit the concrete pillar.

Los Angeles Times, Los Angeles, CA 9 Jan 1958