A $20,000 reward is being offered to anyone who has information about who killed a young father by throwing a boulder from a California freeway overpass into his car windscreen.
Christopher Lopez, 23, was killed last week as he drove along the 134 Freeway in Pasadena when the large, 35lb rock was hurled at him.
He was rushed to hospital but could not be saved. His devastated pregnant widow has since shared her grief and pleaded for answers.
Now, detectives determined to find the person who hurled the boulder are offering the money.
‘I would beg you to come forward and give information so that we can find the individual or individuals who did this,’ California Highway Patrol Fifth District Supervisor Kathryn Barger said on Monday.
Christopher Lopez, 23, was killed by a boulder which was thrown into the car he was a passenger in last Tuesday. He left behind his pregnant wife Guadalupe Gutierrez and their four-year-old daughter
This is the hole left by the 35lb boulder which police say was hurled intentionally to cause damage. It crushed the man’s jaw and chest and he died in hospital
Lopez was in the passenger seat when he was killed.
His wife was driving the car and his four-year-old daughter was in the backseat along with her grandmother.
At 9pm, the boulder came hurling down into the vehicle, plowing through the windscreen.
It crushed his chest bones and his jaws.
He was rushed to hospital but succumbed to his injuries and was pronounced dead later.
Police say it was a deliberate attempt to harm someone, and that ‘any prudent person’ would know the boulder would have caused serious damage once it struck a car.
The boulder was thrown from this overpass of the 134 in Pasadena, California. Police are asking for witnesses to come forward with information about the incident and insist that someone must have seen something
Gutierrez wept as she pleaded for information about her husband’s death at a press conference last week
His death is the latest of its kind in the country. In January, another young father in Michigan died in the same way.
Lopez was excited about becoming a father again for the second time when he died
Kenneth White, 32, died in hospital too. A group of teenagers were responsible for his death and all were charged with second degree murder.
Lopez’s widow Guadalupe Gutierrez has made her own pleas for her husband’s killers to come forward.
‘If anybody saw anything, please help us find whoever did this to him.
‘He didn’t deserve this.
‘My daughter didn’t deserve this,’ she said at a press conference last Thursday.
The family has raised $25,000 through a GoFundMe account to help pay for funeral expenses.
Anyone with information is urged to contact California Highway Patrol on 626-296-8100 or 323-259-3200.
Tips can also be submitted anonymously via Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.