Boulder that killed a car passenger was intentionally dropped, police say

A boulder that killed 23-year-old Christopher Lopez was intentionally falling on a roadway, authorities say.


The authorities in California say a boulder that hit a vehicle traveling in the neighborhood of Los Angeles earlier this week, killing a passenger, intentionally dropping it on the roadway.

Passenger killed when boulder crashes into the car in Pasadena
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The dead man was identified as Christopher Lopez, 23. On Thursday, his widow, an emotional appeal, asking for witnesses to come forward with information.

“Out of nothing. Now, he’s gone,” a tearful Guadalupe Gutierrez, 21, said of her husband’s sudden death, the Pasadena Star-News reported. “He had not earned it.”

The California Highway Patrol, says the basketball-sized rock smashed the car windshield, killing Lopez. The boulder came from a highway overpass in the westbound lanes of State Route 134 in Pasadena, FOX 11 reported.

Lopez was in the passenger seat of the Toyota driven by his pregnant wife, and their 4-year-old daughter sat in the back, the Star-News reported.

“This was an innocent family on the way home,” CHP Lt. Chuck Geletko said, according to the newspaper. “As a result of a careless person or persons, their lives changed forever.”

Gutierrez drove to a local medical center where Lopez died of his injuries. Gutierrez and her daughter were unharmed.

The police are asking anyone who with information can call the CHP Altadena Drive Area on 626-296-1800.

A GoFundMe page set up for the family had raised nearly $7,000 to the beginning of the Friday.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

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