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La Habra : Whittier Man Killed as Auto Hits Parked Car

A Whittier man was killed early Monday morning when he lost control of his speeding car and careened into a parked vehicle on a La Habra street, authorities said.

A coroner’s official identified the man as Ralph Ortiz, 27. La Habra Police Sgt. Jim Powell said Ortiz was driving about 65 m.p.h. eastbound on Whittier Boulevard shortly after 1 a.m. Just west of Valley Home Avenue, the driver lost control of his car, veered across into the westbound lanes and crashed into a vehicle parked westbound on the street, Powell said.

Ortiz was declared dead at the scene. He was alone in his car, and no one was in the parked vehicle, Powell said. The speed limit on Whittier Boulevard is 40 miles per hour.


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