Arturo Melendez ID’d as Volunteer Killed in Sylmar Food Drive Accident at El Casco Street and Glenoaks Boulevard
Sylmar, California (April 20, 2020) – The Los Angeles County coroner's office has identified the man who was hit and killed by a vehicle as he was volunteering at a coronavirus food drive Friday morning in Sylmar as Arturo Melendez, 58, of San Fernando.
The fatal crash took place at around 7:45 a.m. Friday, April 17, in a parking lot at the intersection of El Casco Street and Glenoaks Boulevard.
Authorities said Melendez was struck by a vehicle and then became pinned between two cars.
Emergency crews responded to the scene and took Melendez to a local hospital where he later succumbed to his injuries.
The driver of the involved stopped at the scene and cooperated with the police.
The accident remains under investigation. Anyone with information about the collision is asked to call LAPD Valley Traffic investigators at about 818-644-8036.
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