A 22-year-old Glendale motorist has been arrested in connection with a four-vehicle crash on the Golden State (5) Freeway that killed a 29-year-old driver and injured two other people, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.
The 22-year-old man, whose name was not immediately available, driving a 2015 Mercedes-Benz, was going northbound, north of the Colorado Street exit, when he rear-ended a 2009 Honda at about 7:45 p.m. Saturday. The force of that impact pushed the Honda into the rear of a 2006 Toyota and the raised concrete wall, the CHP reported.
The Toyota then rear-ended a 2017 Nissan, resulting in minor injuries to the driver and right front passenger in that vehicle.
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The driver of the Honda, Armen Basmadzhyan of Glendale, was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics.
Investigators were still trying to determine if alcohol or drugs were a contributing factor in the crash, the CHP said. It was not immediately clear what led the CHP to arrest the 22-year-old driver, who suffered moderate injuries from the crash.
Anyone who saw the crash was asked to call the CHP at (626) 296-8100. Tipsters can also call Crime Stoppers at (800) 222-TIPS.