A tearful, pregnant widow delivered a heartbreaking plea for information after her husband was killed by a boulder that was "intentionally" thrown from a California freeway overpass into his family's car as they were driving through Pasadena.
Christopher Lopez, 23, was sitting in the passenger seat as his wife, Guadalupe Gutierrez, 21, was driving their Corolla on the 134 on Tuesday. As they drove down the freeway, a 30- to 35-pound boulder suddenly crashed into the car's windshield, shattering the glass and hitting Lopez, according to the California Highway Patrol.
Lopez, who had just learned his wife was pregnant, was driven to Glendale Adventist Medical Center, where he was pronounced dead in the emergency room, KTLA reports.
Gutierrez’s mother and a 4-year-old daughter were also in the vehicle at the time, but were not harmed by the boulder.
Investigators believe the massive rock that killed Lopez was purposely hurled onto the roadway, CHP officials said at a Thursday afternoon news conference held in front of the CHP's Altadena Station.
“This was an intentional act," CHP Lt. Chuck Geletko said. “Any prudent person would know that a boulder that size would seriously harm someone driving on the freeway below.”
At the news conference Gutierrez sobbed as she talked about how her husband was happy to learn about the pregnancy.
“Now he’s gone,” Gutierrez said as her voice shook. “We’re asking for your help. If anybody saw anything, please help us find whoever did this to him. He didn’t deserve this. My daughter didn’t deserve this.”
CHP Lt. Chuck Geletko said investigators have gathered evidence, but they need any witnesses to come forward with information.
“This was an innocent family, driving home," Geletko said. "We need help from the public to find the person who committed this atrocious act and prevent this from happening to another family."
Anyone who witnessed suspicious behavior in the vicinity of Orange Grove and the 134 should call CHP's Altadena Station at 626-296-8100 or 323-259-3200 after hours.
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