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Updated: Two Arrested in Fatal Hit-and-Run Motorcycle Crash on 60 Freeway

Walnut resident Kurt Ferguson, 28, died after reportedly crashing his bike into the rear of a car.

Updated 11:04 p.m.

Two were arrested in connection with the fatal motorcycle crash Sunday morning on the 60 freeway. 

Rowland Heights resident, Ai Ho, 57, was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run, reported the San Gabriel Valley Tribune. Gilberto Flores, a 25-year-old Los Angeles resident was arrested on suspicion of hit-and-run and drunken driving, CHP Officer Jennifer Cassidy told the newspaper.

Kurt Ferguson, a 28-year-old Walnut resident, died early Sunday morning after he crashed his motorcycle into the back of Ho's car, the newspaper reported. Flores allegedly struck Ferguson's motorcycle following the initial crash. 

Ho is being held in lieu of $50,000 bail until she appears in court, according to Los Angeles County booking records.  Flores is being held on $100,000 bail.

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A 28-year-old motorcyclist died early this morning after he crashed his bike into the rear of at least one and possibly two cars on the Pomona (60) Freeway near Industry, officials said.

He was later identified as Kurt Ferguson, a resident of Walnut, said coroner's Lt. Cheryl MacWillie.

The crash shut down four of the five lanes on the 60 Freeway for slightly more than two hours.

The collision was on the westbound 60 Freeway just east of the San Gabriel River (605) Freeway was reported to the California Highway Patrol at 2:39 a.m., said CHP Officer Cheyenne Quesada in the Traffic Management Center.

Ferguson was speeding on a 2012 Yamaha when his bike rear-ended a 1995 Lexus SC300 driven by a 57-year-old woman, who suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.

He was ejected from his Yamaha, which continued westbound and was hit by a 1997 Chevrolet Tahoe.

Ferguson was pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics at 2:51 a.m., said county fire department Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett.

The crash shut down the numbers 2, 3, 4 and 5 lanes for the death investigation and accident cleanup. The CHP issued a SigAlert at 3:11 and the lanes were reopened at 5:14 a.m.

--City News Service




Barbara Tahir August 26, 2013 at 03:52 PM
So sorry for this young man. And would like to ask the Patch to delve deeper into these local stories. Did the young man grow up in Walnut? Which grammar/middle/high school did he attend? Are his parents still in the town? Which neighborhood did he grow up in? Do you have any idea where the funeral will be? I know you know journalism but this is something a little different. This is small town journalism, where a news report affects the town and people want to know if they have a connection with the young man. In fact I was wondering if he attended school with my daughter who is the same age. Or if I knew his mother while volunteering or at Church. I do see that you picked up this story from a news service but the people in the town do wan to know more. Thank you.
Si-Si August 27, 2013 at 01:32 AM
Kurt was a young man who meant a whole lot to some people who mean a whole lot to me. His passing is tragic and heart breaking for anyone who knew him. 28 was too young, Kurt. I only hope it was quick and as painless as possible. Your loss is already deeply felt. Rest in peace, Kurt.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) August 27, 2013 at 02:44 AM
Hi Si-Si. So sorry for the loss of your friend. If the family has an obituary they would like me to post, I would be happy to do so.
Vito Spago August 27, 2013 at 03:34 PM
I looked up the Ferguson name in an old church directory. We used to go to the same church. Kurt was my oldest son's age and were friends at church likely 20 years ago. The Ferguson's are a wonderful family. This is really sad news.
Melanie C. Johnson (Editor) August 27, 2013 at 03:40 PM
I can try to find more information. I have looked around but it is not as easy to come by as some might think. I would be happy to run an obituary on Mr. Ferguson if he family wishes to share the information. If I get more on him, I will post.
suzie August 30, 2013 at 11:58 AM
This man is loved and greatly missed. Looking forward to going to heaven and seeing him there.
Spartacus Terrier September 20, 2013 at 07:56 PM
My son went to school with this young man. I believe he attended Westhoff, SouthPointe and Walnut High School. My most sincere condolences to his family and other loved ones. I am sure they are broken hearted.

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