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Man Identified in Fatal 134 Freeway Crash

Jimmy Hughes Jr. died in the crash near Harvey Drive Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol and Los Angeles County coroner.

A 37-year-old driver killed, when he lost control of Chevrolet Suburban that crossed the Ventura (134) Freeway and collided with a car going the other way, was identified Saturday as a Los Angeles man.

Jimmy Hughes Jr. died in the wreck near Harvey Drive shortly after 7 a.m. Friday, according to the California Highway Patrol and a coroner's spokesman.

Hughes was westbound when he lost control of the big SUV, which went off the shoulder, down an embankment, across the median and into eastbound lanes, colliding with a Toyota Solara and overturning, according to the CHP, which listed Hughes listed as a Los Angeles resident.

The man driving the Toyota suffered minor injuries, according to the CHP.

Ted September 20, 2012 at 04:03 PM
"An amazing single father to 5 children." Hm.
Todd Bauer September 20, 2012 at 10:50 PM
Our hearts and prayers go out to Jimmy Hughes, Jr.'s family and loved ones especially his kids. I did not know him but I know his father and based upon that, I know that he was a (to put it generically) a good or decent, caring person. Once again thoughts are with his family in this most difficult period. Peace be with you, Todd Bauer
Laurel Hiestand September 21, 2012 at 01:05 AM
I remember the day the comments were shut down. People started off by responding to Nathan's question about how badly their morning commute was affected. Then the comments veered off and became critical of how unsafely people drive in Glendale. At no time did anyone make racial comments about the particular victim of the accident. My husband drives that route every Friday morning, and I have driven it every day for over 20 years. I guess we would rather think that the accident was caused by unsafe driving than to face the reality that it could have been us, and even if you're a perfect driver or a wonderful father of 5 you can be killed in seconds on the freeway. I am so sorry for his family.
kishore joshi September 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
freeway user you are right on
kishore joshi September 21, 2012 at 05:31 PM
Why is the grammar in these messages so appallingly bad? What does this say about our educational system?
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 06:14 PM
Thank you Deanna
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 06:23 PM
Why are people or ignorant??. To the person that wanted to know what race he was. He was Irish, Mexican, french and American Indian. As far as the last name he, as "I hopefully hope you will know "carried his fathers last name as all men do. My daughters last name is through marriage!!!. You poor soul. You need a lot of praying. I will do just that for you. May God bless you and teaches you when to open your mouth!!. Mother of my beloved son. Leticia Blancarte Hughes
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Mr joshi, your just as ignorant as the freeway user. It's very sad to hear someone that should know better. I won't stoop to your level, but I will say open your ear and learn to shut that mouth of yours. Maybe you'll learn more by listening. Do not judge me or my son and family. You have no idea what happen. It's so sad to know how many people as yourself have no human feelings. YOUR THE POOR SOUL!!. I just hope and pray I never run into to you both. That is all I have say. I will pray for you. You need it as well as the freeway user!! Leticia B. Hughes.
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Thank you Laura, we are all sadden by the accident that happen and took our son. He was a very caring loving person and was a great father. Those people that judge need to clean out there back yard before they start talking about others. Leticia B. Hughes
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 06:56 PM
@Nonoise, my son had a heart attack. He was very loving person and a great father. It's so sad to have people commenting terrible things . They have no heart. I will pray for them. They should be ashame to comment these things especially during this time of sadness. His children could read these things that these heartless people are positing without knowing him. He would NEVER put anyone in danger. I just hope I never run into these people. I lived in Eagle Rock for years and always thought how lucky we where to have fine people that share this little community with us. But I just guess we will always have some rotten apples. Thank you Leticia Hughes
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 09:38 PM
Thank you Luis, as a mother of a single father I take my hat off to you. Thank you for attempting to help my son. It hurts to hear these people that don't know him talk bad . He was a great father and son. I am sure you are too. Any man that takes responds ability on taking a father and mothers role should be honored. I thank you for trying to help my son. He was a wonderful father as well as son, brother and grandson. I am very grateful to you. I just wish he was here to thank you. I am sure he's thankful for you trying to help. Iam a well educated women as well as my children and proud of my children. I am so grateful to you and hope some day I could meet the man that tried to help my son. We will always be grateful to you. May The Lord bless you and keep you safe with your babies. Grieving mom. Leticia Blancarte Hughes.
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Thank you Laura's, it could happen to any of us. When the good Lord calls you home, there's nothing no one can do. Things do happen to us without explaination. I travel everyday that route except that day. For whatever reason I didn't. It is the most devasting thing to happen to any human race. As a mother you never think its going to happen to us. Thanks dearly for your support. Love Leticia. Jimmy's mom
Leticia Hughes September 24, 2012 at 11:46 PM
For my fellows community in LaCrescenta. Please read this article on my son going to work a week last Friday. My son had a heart attack died in the horrible accident . He left behind 5young children. He was a single father and loved his kids. They were inseparable . He was a great father, son ,brother and grandson. He was a kind person. He work for the city of L.A. Please help this man with any amount of money that would help this family.donations appreciated. Thank you so much. Grieving grandmother of LaCrescenta.
Lets start caring for one another October 01, 2012 at 05:31 AM
I am so sadden to read how quick people are to put in their two sense without any regard towards the victim or their loved ones. Whatever happened to loving our brothers and sisters? Could it really be that people are so shallow and thrive over making awful comments? This truly is a shame. I hope you people take the time and reflect in your words and realize that, that sort of mentality will take you nowhere. Please educate your children and teach them the meaning of humanity, humility, care, love, compassion all great quality apparently very much needed in society.
Leticia Hughes October 01, 2012 at 03:38 PM
To let's start caring, Thank you so very much for stating this comment. Hopefully people will learn not to make comment like these to anyone and teach there children as well. May God bless you and keep you all safe. Thank you Leticia B. Hughes
Angel October 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
"Let's start caring" hits the nail right on the head. By all accounts, Jimmy Hughes Jr. was exactly the kind of humble, loving, caring, compassionate people that our community needs more of. He was a man who stood up and took care of his children and loved his family. His loss is tragic. That's what is relevant here.
Angel October 01, 2012 at 04:51 PM
Sorry, compassionate "person." Typo.
Leticia Hughes October 01, 2012 at 05:53 PM
Thank you Angel.
Tricia Ferrufino October 03, 2012 at 05:13 AM
Ted??? I find your "hm" offensive. As a spouse of one of Jimmy's co-workers/friends I will not allow you to "hm" an amazing father of five. He dropped his 5 children off to school daily, picked them up, fed them, clothed them and loved them unconditionally, even helped out friends in need all the while accompanied by his 5 children, I will not allow you to taint these children's perception of their daddy. I hope and pray that they always remember how much their daddy loved them, do big things....your daddy's watching from heaven ;)
angie October 03, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Ted, pray I don't run into you on the street. or more imporantantly your own comment will come back to you 10 times worse. GOOD LUCK
aimee October 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hi R. My mom told me about your brother and I thought he might've been the one in this accident. This is such an unbelievable tragedy and I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and those wonderful kids. I'm here to help so please call me any time if you need anything at all.
aimee October 09, 2012 at 06:42 PM
Hi R. My mom told me about your brother and I thought he might've been the one in this accident. This is such an unbelievable tragedy and I'm so sorry. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and those wonderful kids. I'm here to help so please call me any time if you need anything at all.
Leticia Hughes October 11, 2012 at 09:29 AM
@laurel, @Joanna and Karen, the horrible accident kill my son was a heart attack. All three are sounding heartless and unhumen . My son was not speeding or drink or texting. He was a grown single father that love his kids. How many men would take on the father role and mother. So please don't write on the website without knowing the facts. For the amount of people that attended were over 300 at the service alone tell how great of a father friend nephew brother,sister and grandson. As my mother use to say: clean out your back yard before you put your two cent in . before you open mouth 1st learn to close your mouth and listen. you might learn something. You all should be ashame of yourself not knowing the facts. It could happen to you. I work in surgery and heart attacks can trigger and anytime. That's why they call it a silent killer. Educate yourself and learn to be compation. I will pray for your black heart you ,three have. Leticia Blancarte Hughes
Leticia Hughes October 11, 2012 at 01:33 PM
Thank you William Korn, for your nice comments and support. Jimmy was my son and I promise that I would raise my grandchildren with love hugs,support. Everyone has been so great! Can't thank everyone enough. My poor babies don't have there dad anymore. Sincerely , Leticia B. Hughes ( Jimmy's mom). To Barbara & Rick Tell, would also like to thank you for your donation and support. Thank both you.
black heart October 13, 2012 at 05:01 AM
He was a single father and sister? Yeah someone needs some education. Scary that u work in surgery!!! U have 2much time on u hands. Go work n stop beggn 4 $ using the kids as excuse. Seems like the loving family of urs also needs to stop beggn 4 $ 4 da kids. a y'all s.
Lets start caring for one another! October 13, 2012 at 07:38 AM
Wow! @ black heart--do you really think your comment is appropriate? Please if you don't like or have an issue with the Hughes Fam and their fundraiser simply don't make a donation and stop being so nosy and "wasting" your time reading the comments here and putting in your uneducated mediocre comment above. As you are aware there are children involved that have had a tremendous lost! They have lost their father please have some respect! My Fam was fortunate enough to have met Jimmy and his children and let me tell you he was an exceptional father! Did you ever met him? Yeah I' m sure not so please refrain from speaking. I am very happy that people are extending their love in many different ways to this Fam and that due to the person Jimmy was have raised the amount they have for his 5 children. As you can read I am not lowering my self to your level simply trying to open your eyes. You should never think its okay to make the type of comments you did without any regards towards others especially under these unfortunate circumstances. Remember if you don't like the wonderful caring cause Stop looking into it and don't make a donation. Kindness is power!
JOSE FERRUFINO October 14, 2012 at 01:09 AM
damn black heart what an ignorant son of a BITCH u are you dont even know jim he was the best parent for his kids ever....PUNK ASS MOT$%%%%%5ER
angie October 15, 2012 at 03:44 PM
Black heart this only tells me one thing. You have no one and nothing going for yourself. I'm sorry you have had such a horrible life. The only way out is my opening your heart and your mind. These people do not donate their money because we forced them to. They did it because God has blessed them with the resources to do so. God will continue to bless them with wonderful people and good fortune because they are kind. You should learn from them bc this negativity has taken over you and your life and that is why you have amounted to nothing BUT a black heart. I'm sorry you are so broke that you can not contribute anything but empty words. You should also get a life bc you're on the same blog wasting your time saying things that no one really cares to hear. You sorry little thing.
Windi Robinson March 09, 2013 at 02:23 AM
Leticia, I just found out today about Jimmy. It's been a long time as I no longer live in the state of California. I happen to google today and this came up. My heart sunk for all of you as I knew you all once upon a time. I am so so sorry as Jimmy was such a kind heart and worked so hard and was a great father to all his babies!!! take care and R.I.P Jimmy Jr
vanessa lopez April 04, 2013 at 08:56 AM
i miss u jimmy n will always love u....love u to leti..dont let those rude people hurt you with their unnecessary words...they will never be as blessed as we were to know such a wonderfully amazing person...love u

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