(L.A.) Heidy Lopez-Cruz, 19, Died in a Vehicle

Case Number: 2024-03369

Los Angeles County is reporting the death of a 19-year-old Hispanic female that occurred in a vehicle.

The coroner’s office has identified the woman as Heidy Lopez-Cruz.

Manner of Death: Accident

Cause of Death: Traumatic Injuries

RIP HEIDY LOPEZ-CRUZ (September 6, 2004 – February 25, 2024)

Formal pronouncement of death was made on Sunday at 2:55 a.m.

The decedent was one of three people killed in a fiery single-vehicle crash on the Santa Ana (5) Freeway in Boyle Heights.

(L.A.) Yesenia Rodriguez Cruz, 29, Died in a Vehicle

According to the California Highway Patrol, the incident happened at around 2:45 a.m. on the northbound freeway near the Calzona Street off-ramp, where a black SUV struck the right shoulder wall and then caught fire.

Heidy Lopez-Cruz and her cousin Yesenia Rodriguez-Cruz died in the crash on the Calzona Street on-ramp to the northbound 5 Freeway.

Yesenia was the mother of two children, ages 7 and 10. Heidy leaves behind a 2-year-old. They perished on scene.

The third person who was killed was a family friend, 19-year-old Eden Jimenez Sanchez. He was transported to a hospital, where he died.