STUDIO CITY—A motorist driving the wrong way down a freeway in the Studio City region struck an oncoming vehicle head-on, resulting in the wrong-way driver’s death and the other driver sustaining minor injuries.
Richard Dominguez, 39, of Alhambra was traveling eastbound in the fast lane of the westbound Ventura 101 Freeway – just west of Laurel Canyon Boulevard. The crash occurred at 4 a.m. on Saturday, June 4 when he struck an oncoming car.
The crash took place just west of Tujunga Avenue, where the Ventura (134) Freeway turns into the 101 Freeway.
Dominguez, who was operating a 1997 Honda, died at the scene at 4:24 a.m. No information was released regarding what lead him to enter the wrong side of the freeway.
Dominguez collided with a 27-year-old man who was driving a 2015 Lexus. He was trapped after the crash and city fire department paramedics had to extricate the man from his vehicle.
He was transported to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center to be evaluated and treated for his injuries.
California Highway Patrol closed all lanes on the westbound 134 Freeway and the northbound 101 Freeway to the westbound 101 Freeway.
All westbound lanes were shut down for almost four hours. Roads re-opened to motorists just before 8 a.m.
Officials are still investigating the crash.