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first_imgNo one else was involved in the accident, police said. Fundraiser honors victims of crash WHITTIER – Friends of local residents killed in a car crash this week will hold a fundraiser at 7:30 a.m. today at California High School, 9800 S. Mills Ave. The event is in memory of Joshua Gutierrez, 19, of Pico Rivera and Albert Valasquez, 19, of Whittier. They were killed Tuesday when the 2006 Toyota Scion they were riding in went out of control on Colima Road, just north of Mar Vista Street. The car hit a tree and was torn in half. WHITTIER – A Whittier man who police said fell asleep at the wheel drove his car up a sidewalk Friday and crashed into a brick wall on Greenleaf Avenue, near Banco Popular. Marcel Choiselat, 26, and his two children – a 6-year-old girl and an 8-month-old boy – were not injured, police said. He said he was driving his 2002 Volvo S60 north on Greenleaf shortly before 8:30a.m., when he hit and knocked down a traffic signal. The car jumped onto the sidewalk and came to a stop when it crashed into a brick wall outside Banco Popular. “He fell asleep after working a long night shift and he woke up when he hit the light pole,” Whittier Police Department Officer Jeremy Rounds said. Also killed was Jennifer Unzueta, 18, of Whittier. Driver Xenia Guerra, 18, and another passenger, Hector Saenz, 18, both of Whittier, were injured in the crash. All money raised today will go toward funeral expenses for the boys, organizers said. For more information, call Alexandra Harris, (562)665-0502, or Beatrice Jimenez, (562) 587-7990. County to hold Easter egg hunt WHITTIER – Officials with the county’s Department of Parks and Recreation will host a free Easter egg hunt from noon to 2 p.m. today at Amigo County Park, 5700 Juarez Ave., for children ages 1 to 10. There will be free face-painting and refreshments, as well as arts and crafts and raffles. For more information, call (562)908-4702. Sunrise service set for Sunday WHITTIER – Rose Hills Memorial Park and Mortuary invites local residents to its Easter Sunrise Service at 6 a.m. Sunday at 3888 Workman Mill Road. Guests can enter through Gate 1. The event will be hosted by several pastors from Whittier-area churches and will include scripture readings, hymns and prayers, as well as a traditional Easter message. Organizers have also slated a special collection to help the Intercommunity Child Guidance Center’s Child Abuse Prevention Campaign. For more information, call (562)692-1212. Health care volunteers sought LA MIRADA – Officials at the La Mirada Activity Center, 13810 La Mirada Blvd., are looking for volunteers to provide free information and assistance on Medicare and related health-care issues. Volunteers will provide information on counseling and advocacy on Medicare coverage, claims costs and appeals, health maintenance organizations, Medicare supplemental insurance, long-term care insurance and the rights of health care consumers. The Health Insurance Counseling and Advocacy Program will provide training for all of those interested in volunteering. For more information visit www.cityoflamirada.org. – From staff reports 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!last_img

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