Construction Workers Killed in 405 Freeway Crash Identified

The two contract workers died after a suspected drunken driver crashed in a construction zone.

By Sharon Bernstein and Robert Henry
|  Sunday, Jul 22, 2012  |  Updated 5:31 PM PDT
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Workers Killed in 405 Crash Identified

Two highway workers were killed after an auto collision spilled into a construction zone on I-405 near Artesia Boulevard at about 3:35 a.m. Sunday, July 22.

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Two highway workers killed early Sunday when two suspected drunken drivers crashed in a construction zone on the San Diego Freeway in Torrance were identified.

The California Highway Patrol told NBC4 that two vehicles collided near the Artesia Boulevard offramp at about 3:35 a.m. They both overturned, coming to rest in the construction zone.

Both drivers have been arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol or drugs, the CHP said.

Two workers, identified as Ramon Lopez, 56, of Chino Hills and Ricardo Zamora, 58, of Winchester, were killed.

A third worker suffered injuries described as "minor to moderate," the CHP said.

The workers were employed by an outside contractor hired by the California Department of Transportation (CalTrans) to work on the freeway.

Two people who had been in the cars involved in the collision were also injured. Yocio Gomez, 23, who was driving a Ford Explorer, and Stephen Caserta, 43, who was driving a Lexus SUV, were booked into jail on DUI-related charges, the CHP said.

The freeway was closed to northbound traffic at Crenshaw Boulevard until about 2 p.m. Sunday, the CHP said.

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