Cesar Torres Arrested in Fatal Encino Accident on 101 Freeway near 405 Freeway 

Cesar Torres
Cesar Torres Arrested in Fatal Encino Accident on 101 Freeway near 405 Freeway

Encino, California (August 13, 2021) – A 31-year-old Los Angeles man was arrested following a crash that left one person dead and several others injured on Thursday evening in Encino, according to CHP.

Shortly before 7:10 p.m. August 12, CHP said Cesar Iban Torres was driving a 2003 Lincoln SUV westbound on eastbound 101 Freeway when he collided head-on with an oncoming 2016 Kenworth tractor-trailer driven by Jose Garcia Lopez, of San Diego near 405 Freeway. 

A woman who was a passenger in the SUV died in the collision. Children aged 2, 5, 12, and 13, were also passengers in the SUV.  The four were taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center with minor injuries.

Lopez complained of pain to his head and was treated at the scene.

Cesar Torres Arrested after Deadly Encino Car Accident

Torres reportedly tried to flee on foot but was arrested after he tried to resist arrest. He was also taken to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center for treatment of his injuries.

Multiple lanes were shut down as crews worked at the scene.

The incident remains under investigation.