Authorities Identify 20-Year-Old Killed In Santa Monica 10 Freeway Crash

Saturday, 29 Jun 2013, 9:34:00 AM

Brenton Garen

Los Angeles resident Philip Ruiz Jr., 20, has been

identified by authorities as the man killed Friday on the 10 Freeway in Santa Monica in an

accident caused by a suspected drunk wrong-way driver, according to reports.

KCAL9 reports Friday was the victim’s birthday.

According to the California Highway Patrol, the fatal accident occurred at 1:15 am

Friday morning on the 10 Freeway just inside Santa Monica city limits.

According to reports, the suspected drunk driver in a 2005 Pontiac GTO, who has

been identified as 23-year-old Hawthorne resident Jaime Herrera, was driving by himself east in the

westbound lanes when he collided head-on with a 1997 Ford Taurus, which Ruiz

Jr. and several friends were in.

The CHP said the Taurus was then struck by another suspected

drunk driver in a 2012 Hyundai Sonata, with the driver identified as Kenneth

Weimer of Anaheim.

The CHP said Ruiz was ejected from the rear passenger seat,

which caused fatal injuries; the driver of the Taurus, 18-year-old Edgar Quiroz

of Los Angeles, sustained a fractured arm.

Both Herrera and Weimer are under arrest on suspicion of

drunk driving; Herrera is still hospitalized with a suspected

fractured spine.

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