Father-of-one, 23, is killed in his wife’s car by a 35-pound BOULDER intentionally thrown from an overpass
Christopher Lopez, 23, suffered fatal injuries in the boulder-throwing incident on 134 Freeway in Pasadena, California
His 21-year-old wife was behind the wheel and rushed him to the hospital, but he could not be saved
A friend wrote Lopez had his chest bones and jaw crushed by the 30-to-35-pound boulder
California Highway Patrol are looking for the person who hurled the rock
Cris Lopez is survived by his wife Guadalupe Gutierrez, 21, and daughter Jaylen
Christopher Lopez was struck and killed by a boulder on a California freeway while riding in his wife’s car on Tuesday. The projectile crushed his jaw and chest bones
A 23-year-old man from California was killed while riding as a passenger in his wife’s car on Tuesday after police say someone intentionally threw a boulder from an overpass in Pasadena that crashed through the windshield.
The deadly incident took place just before 9pm on Tuesday. Christopher ‘Cris’ Lopez was traveling west in his wife’s 2017 Toyota Corolla along 134 Freeway and passing under the Orange Grove Boulevard overpass when an identified person hurled a 30-to-35-pound rock at the vehicle below.
Cris Lopez had just learned his wife was pregnant shortly before he was struck by the heavy projectile, suffering fatal injuries.
21-year-old Guadalupe Gutierrez immediately rushed her husband to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead less than 40 minutes after the attack, reported KTLA.
His mother-in-law and a four-year-old girl also travelling in the car were unharmed.
The boulder went through the passenger-side windshield of Guadalupe’s, killing the father-to-be Cris Lopez, who was sitting in the front seat
Lopez was traveling west in his wife’s 2017 Toyota Corolla along 134 Freeway and passing under the Orange Grove Boulevard overpass when an unidentified person hurled the rock.
According to the description of a GoFundMe campaign launched by a friend, the boulder shattered all the bones in Lopez’s chest and smashed his jaw.
Grieving widow Guadalupe Gutierrez Mar 15, in Altadena, asked for help finding her husband’s killer
23-year-old Cris is survived by his young widow Lupe and his daughter Jayleen. As of Thursday, about $3,100 has been raised in donations to help the family with the funeral expenses.
Investigators are now looking for information that could lead to the arrest of the culprit, who could be facing murder charges.
Lopez, who worked as a barista [right] leaves behind his young widow and their daughter.Friends of the victim took to Facebook on Thursday to pay tribute to the young husband and father, who was described as an ‘amazing man.’
There have been several similar incidents involving rock throwing in recent years.
Anyone with information on the Pasadena case was urged to call the CHP Altadena Area Station at (626) 296-8100.