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Inglewood Man Arrested In Playa Del Rey Hit-And-Run That Killed Of Downey Mother, Wendy Galdamez Palma

PLAYA DEL REY (CBSLA) — An Inglewood man has been arrested in a hit-and-run crash that killed a mother holding her 3-year-old son while walking in Playa Del Rey.

Darwin Dantzler, 39, was arrested Wednesday, but has since been released after posting $50,000 bail. According to Los Angeles County sheriff’s jail records, he is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 12, 2022.

Police say 33-year-old Wendy Galdamez Palma of Downey was crossing Vista Del Mar in Playa Del Rey with her son in her arms when she was struck by a dark-colored Chevrolet Equinox late Saturday night. The boy survived the crash.

Investigators say the driver did not stop at all after hitting two people, and Galdamez’s family said the devoted mother shielded her son with her own body to protect her from the car that killed her.

The crash remains under investigation by the LAPD for felony hit-and-run.

Suspected driver arrested in Playa del Rey hit-and-run that left Downey mother dead

A suspected hit-and-run driver was arrested Wednesday after a crash in Playa del Rey over the weekend killed a mother who’d been visiting the beach with her family, officials said.

Darwin Dantzler, 39, was arrested Wednesday morning, said Mike Lopez, a media relations officer for the Los Angeles Police Department. Lopez was unable to provide further details on the circumstances of Dantzler’s arrest.

Booking records show Dantzler was being held on $50,000 bail following his arrest around 11:30 a.m.

He’s accused in the crash that killed 33-year-old Downey resident Wendy Galdamez around 11 p.m. Saturday on the 8800 block of Vista del Mar, a busy street that runs along the beach.

She’d spent the day at the beach with her husband and two children, and was cradling her 3-year-old son when she was hit by a dark-colored Toyota 4Runner, relatives said.

Galdamez died at the scene, while her son was hospitalized but will recover, officials said.

Loved ones have created a GoFundMe campaign to help the family through the grieving process. It had raised more than $6,000 of its $7,000 goal by Wednesday night.

Investigators have not said how Dantzler was connected to the crash.

He’s scheduled to appear in court Jan. 12, inmate records show.

Woman Fatally Struck By Car In Downey

DOWNEY (CBSLA) — A woman was struck and killed by a car in Downey early Thursday, authorities said.

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The crash happened at about 4:50 a.m. on Firestone Boulevard and Newville Avenue, not far from the 605 Freeway.

Police say the car was driving westbound on Firestone, and the impact of the crash threw the woman into the eastbound lanes.

The woman has not been identified, and the driver remained on the scene.

The area around Firestone and Newville was closed for the fatal crash investigation.

Man Arrested After Military Explosives Force Evacuation Of Downey Neighborhood

DOWNEY (CBSLA) – A man was taken into custody after military explosives were found in a Downey home Tuesday night, forcing evacuations.

According to Downey police, at around 4 p.m., officers were called to a home at the 10200 block of Vultee Avenue on a report of a man armed with explosives.

They arrived to find multiple military grade flares and souvenir-style grenades, police said. It was determined the grenades did not have explosive material, however.

Surrounding homes were evacuated, streets were shut down and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Bomb Squad was called in.

The explosive material was safely cleared out of the home by 2 a.m. and nearby residents were allowed back into their own homes, police said.

The suspect, who was not identified, was taken into custody for a mental evaluation.

The sheriff’s department tweeted at 8:30 a.m. Wednesday that the “operation had concluded” and the “neighborhood” was deemed “safe.”

“Several pieces of military ordnance and pounds of propellant powders,” were safely removed, the sheriff’s department wrote.

The name of the suspect and the exact location of where the explosives were being kept was not immediately released.

Downey homes evacuated as authorities search for explosives; suspect in custody

An explosives threat forced evacuations and road closures in a Downey neighborhood Tuesday evening, officials said.

Someone claimed to have explosives all over a location in the area of Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue, a Downey police sergeant said. The incident was first reported around 5 p.m.

Homes in the immediate area were evacuated and surrounding streets were shut down, officers said.

The L.A. County sheriff’s bomb squad was called in to assist with the situation around 7 p.m. Deputies responded to the 10200 block of Vultee Avenue, just east of Lakewood Boulevard, said Deputy Tracy Koerner.

Police said the suspect was taken into custody, but video from Sky5 showed the scene remained active later Tuesday night.

The aerial footage also showed the search was concentrated on a house on Vultee Avenue.

No further details were available.

Deputies investigate reports of suspicious van parked in Pico Rivera area

Deputies have been called to investigate reports of a suspicious van parked in the Pico Rivera area Tuesday morning.  

The dark-colored van was located near the intersection of Manzanar Avenue and Telegraph Road along the Pico Rivera-Downey border.

Deputies were attempting to approach the vehicle when they heard noises coming from the van, a spokesperson for the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said. They also noticed wires in the front seat, the spokesperson said.

Aerial video from Sky 5 showed several patrol vehicles closing off traffic to the area during the investigation.

Check back for updates on this developing story.

Mom finds her car ransacked, vandalized after taking toddler to chemo appointment in Downey

To say life for Magalli Jimenez has been rough recently would be an understatement.

About four weeks ago, Jimenez and her husband found out that their 14-month-old baby suffers from a rare form of pediatric cancer.

Since then, the young mother has been taking her daughter, Ava, to chemotherapy appointments, which Jimenez says has recently added a financial burden on her family.

So when Jimenez discovered her car had been broken into the Kaiser Permanente medical center in Downey, where she had accompanied her daughter to a chemotherapy appointment, it was a devastating blow.

Jimenez said her car was parked inside the medical center's parking structure when thieves broke into and badly damaged her car.

"I had just finished paying off my car. I was so proud of myself, and it was something I was looking forward to," Jimenez told KTLA. "So I just felt defeated."

Jimenez took to TikTok to express her anger and posted a video directed to the unknown vandals. Her video has since gone viral with nearly 50,000 views.

"You probably don't know, but I just found out my daughter has cancer four weeks ago," Jimenez said in the video. "She just finished her chemo treatment right now. We're coming into the car, ready to go home. She's crying because she wants milk."

"You broke into my car. You broke my entire ignition. You (messed) up everything. Everything. Everything is broken."

Jimenez told KTLA that she had been having "a rough couple of weeks" in trying to adjust to a new lifestyle that now involves taking her daughter to countless medical appointments in the hopes of beating her cancer.

The mother had been working as a school nurse before the coronavirus pandemic shut down schools and sent her home. Although Jimenez and her husband still have health care coverage, she says the chemo treatments have been frequent and they've been paying a portion out of pocket for each visit.

The car break-in was just an added financial blow, as Jimenez needs it to get around and take her daughter to her medical appointments. She says her auto insurance will not cover the damage.

But there's a glimmer of hope. The community is rallying around Jimenez, and a GoFundMe account has been set up to help with the costs of Ava's medical treatments.

"We're not getting the best of luck in the last few weeks. Out of all this darkness, there was a little bit of light because now my story, and [Ava's] story, is being shared," she said.

Jimenez said her daughter's chemotherapy treatment is expected to last for 51 more weeks.

Bridge Work Will Close Paramount Blvd. In Downey

DOWNEY (CBSLA) — An area of the southbound 5 Freeway will be partially closed this weekend in Downey for bridge deck repair work, state transportation officials said.

The 55-hour closure will start at 10 p.m. Friday and end at 5 a.m. Monday.

During the work, Paramount Boulevard will be completely closed underneath the 5 Freeway along with the off-ramp to Paramount Boulevard.

Three out of four southbound lanes will remain open for through traffic on the freeway.

Drivers will be detoured from Paramount Boulevard to Gallatin School House Road and/or Florence Avenue to Lakewood/Rosemead Boulevard to reach their destinations. Some closures may start and end later.

Crews will be cleaning bridge decks, removing concrete from bridge decks and repairing portions of the bridge.

The work is part of a $3.1 million project that will preserve 24 bridges along I-5 and is funded by Senate Bill 1, the Road Repair and Accountability Act of 2017.

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Reports Of Of BB, Pellet Gun Shootings At Cars Expands West To Cerritos

CERRITOS (CBSLA) — The rash of BB or pellet gun shootings at vehicles on Southern California’s freeways have apparently expanded west to Carson and Downey.

More than a dozen vehicles have been damaged in BB or pellet gun shootings as they drove on Southern California freeways. No one has been hurt in any of the shootings, but authorities are alarmed.

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The latest shooting happened Thursday at about 6:50 a.m. in Cerritos on the westbound 91 Freeway near Bloomfield Avenue, according to the CHP. Another shooting was reported Wednesday night, also on the 91 Freeway in Cerritos, where a white sedan was left several dozen holes and dents in its hood and windshield. The driver, Michael Hernandez, says he saw a flash before hearing his windshield crack. Hernandez says he believes his car was hit by a BB or pellet a couple of months ago as well.

On Tuesday night, the California Highway Patrol says they are also investigating a possible airgun shooting in Downey that damaged several windows on a double-deck bus taking Verbum Dei High School soccer players and staff from Los Angeles. The bus was going east on the 105 Freeway, west of Paramount Boulevard, in the carpool lane at about 4 p.m. when an upper deck passenger told the driver a window had been shattered.

When the bus arrived in Santa Fe Springs, the driver called 911 after seeing three of the windows had been damaged. CHP investigators say the damage was consistent with a BB or pellet type gun.

Many of the shootings have occurred in the Inland Empire, including one that happened about two hours after the bus was shot at in Downey. The driver of a van reported having his windows shattered after being shot as he drove on the 91 Freeway in Riverside. That shooting was followed about an hour later by another incident, also on the 91 Freeway, at Tyler Avenue.

It’s not known yet the shootings are the work of one person, or a group. Descriptions of the shooter have varied, and authorities are trying to work out whether the shots are being fired from a moving vehicle, or from a perch like a sniper.

Natural Gas Leak Reported In Downey; People Advised To Avoid Area

DOWNEY (CBSLA) — A natural gas leak was reported in Downey Thursday afternoon.

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People are being advised to avoid the area near Rives Avenue and Stewart and Gray Road.

An emergency alert was sent to many southland residents’ mobile devices around 12:40 p.m.

IQ Air reported while air quality is still being reported as “good,” people should close windows and doors, run an air purifier, and avoid going outside.


According to the Downey Fire Department, the leak started around 1030 a.m. A 300-foot square area was evacuated and the fire department was standing by to assist the gas company if needed.
As of 1:30 p.m., the fire department was monitoring the gas levels to make sure the evacuation perimeter did not need to be expanded.
There were no injuries immediately reported and the situation was considered stable, the department said.