A 25-year-old Glendale motorist is free on bail following a fiery crash Saturday night that shut down the Ventura (134) Freeway for hours, police said.
Prosecutors have yet to file charges against the motorist, Hakop Maghakyan, who was taken into custody about 1:45 a.m. Sunday by Glendale police. California Highway Patrol officials said Maghakyan was drunk and speeding when his car crashed into a tanker full of gasoline near the Golden State (5) Freeway.
Maghakyan was released about noon the same day after posting a $5,000 bail. He is expected to appear June 11 in Los Angeles County Superior Court, Glendale Police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said.
The California Department of Transportation officials say it’s too early to discuss whether they will seek restitution from Maghakyan due to the CHP’s ongoing investigation into the crash, said Patrick Chandler, spokesman of the California Department of Transportation.
Witnesses reported seeing Maghakyan driving 80 to 90 mph in a 2010 Honda Accord about 11 p.m. before crashing into the 2003 Peterbilt tanker’s rear trailer on the freeway, said CHP spokesman Officer Ming-Yang Hsu.