Car crash witness honored for courage
AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECasino Insider: Here’s a look at San Manuel’s new high limit rooms, Asian restaurant The victims, one of whom was Oscar Torres, 18, of Burbank, who later died, did not respond. So he reached into the damaged car and shut off the ignition to keep it from catching fire. In January, Cruz then testified in the preliminary hearing of Andranik Atshemyan, the driver of the Land Rover who is charged with second-degree murder. In the hallway outside the courtroom, the defendant’s grandmother allegedly approached Cruz, muttered something and placed her finger to her temple as if she were holding a gun and pretended to pull the trigger, Deputy District Attorney Susan Schwartz said Wednesday. The grandmother, Marusya Zatkyan, has been charged with witness intimidation. She was released on bail Wednesday. District Attorney Steve Cooley said Cruz showed “the highest form of good citizenship” when he came to the crash victims’ rescue. PASADENA – A 28-year-old Glendale man was honored Wednesday for helping two unconscious hit-and-run victims and then testifying against the negligent driver. The District Attorney’s Office presented Severo Cruz and two others with the Courageous Citizens Award at the Pasadena Hilton in a ceremony sponsored by the local Rotary Club. Cruz was visiting a friend in Glendale on Nov. 19 when he saw a Land Rover zoom by. He ran after it and saw the driver crash at Columbus Avenue and Riverdale Drive. He then approached the two young victims in a car the Land Rover had struck. “Hey guys, are you alright? Wake up,” Cruz yelled. “And then he doubled his effort by standing tall in court, not being intimidated by those who would upset our justice system through the improper use of intimidation of a witness,” Cooley said. Cruz, whose English is limited, downplayed his actions. “I think I did the right thing … I was there and I did what I could,” he said. “I don’t think it was a big deal.” Alex Dobuzinskis, (818) 546-3304 [email protected] 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!