An 18-year-old high school senior is dead and one of his friends is in custody following a series of early-morning collisions on Interstate 5 in Sylmar.
Blake Cook, 18, was exiting the passenger side of a Honda Accord that had come to a stop in traffic lanes after its driver, Eddie Camargo, 20, of Saugus, collided with a big-rig. As he was getting out of the car, Cook was struck and killed by a second big-rig.
The fatal hit-and-run crash occurred Saturday at about 4:20 a.m. California Highway Patrol officers are still looking for the second big-rig and its driver, said Officer Posada of the California Highway Patrol.
Camargo, a 2012 Saugus High School graduate, is in custody on suspicion of driving under the influence of drugs.
Police records show Camargo had been arrested Jan. 2 and released the next day on $20,000 bond, and that he spent three days in Pitchess South Facility from Feb. 25 to Feb. 27 (probably his sentence associated with January’s felony charge, although that has not been confirmed.)
“There were four vehicles involved,” Posada said, explaining the investigation was still in the preliminary stage, and officers are still trying to find information about the driver of a big rig that fled the scene. “The semi that struck the pedestrian fled the scene.”
A 1997 Toyota Corolla driven by a 27-year-old Palmdale man was driving north on I-5 when it crashed into the Accord, which was blocking two lanes of the freeway. It was not yet clear whether the occupants of the Accord were still in their vehicle when the Corolla hit it.
Camargo did not sustain any injuries, and another 19-year-old passenger sustained minor injuries, according to CHP reports. The driver of the Corolla sustained moderate injuries.
Lt. David Smith of the Los Angeles County Coroner’s Office confirmed the identity of the deceased Saturday morning.
Cook, who went to Arroyo Seco and Rio Norte junior high schools, attended Saugus High, Canyon High, Opportunities for Learning and most recently Valencia High School. He transfered out of the William S. Hart Union High School District in January, district officials said Saturday.
Anyone who witnessed the collisions is asked to call the Altadena CHP office at 626-296-8100.
Cook’s friends are arranging a 7 p.m. vigil Saturday at Santa Clarita Central Park in Saugus.