Coroner releases ID of Grapevine crash victim

Firefighters douse a small fire caused by a collision on the I-5 near Smokey Bear Road. Courtesy photo: Jeff Zimmerman

Investigators with the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner identified the man killed in a Saturday morning traffic collision in the Grapevine as 25-year-old Kevin Aleman, of Inglewood.

The County coroner announced Tuesday that Aleman died of traumatic injuries as a result of a freeway accident.

The fatal crash happened Saturday shortly after 6:30 a.m. in the northbound lanes of Interstate 5, when a sedan rear-ended a big rig.

California Highway Patrol units were initially called to the scene at 6:35 a.m., according to CHP Officer Moises Marroquin.

A Honda collided with the back end of a big rig, and the wreck blocked all lanes, according to CHP Officer Josh Greengard, noting all traffic was diverted to the right shoulder.

“Excess speed from the Honda looked to be the factor in the collision,” Greengard said.

In a news release issued by the CHP, the investigator wrote: “For unknown reasons at this time, the Honda collided with the rear of the Freightliner’s trailer. The Honda subsequently overturned and caught fire.”

The driver of the Honda was declared dead at the scene, Greengard said.

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