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Fatal Collision near 405 Freeway Left Man and Woman Decapitated

GRANADA HILLS, CA (August 17, 2021) – Police are investigating a DUI crash that claimed the life of Juan Menjivar and Ana Santos, on Monday.

Officers responded to the incident around 12:57 a.m., on southbound 5 freeway just south of the San Diego (405) interchange.

Authorities say Menjivar rear-ended a parked 2007 Dart International Big-Rig in his 2010 Lexus sedan. Per reports, Menjivar failed to maintain the curve while traveling at a high rate of speed.

Furthermore, witnesses also stated that the Lexus caught fire with the driver and passenger inside. Both occupants were decapitated as a result of the impact.

Shortly after, authorities declared 37-year-old Juan Carlos Menjivar and 33-year-old Ana Elena Moreno Santos dead at the scene.

In addition, the 35-year-old big-rig driver remained uninjured. Their identity has not yet been provided.

At this time, the authorities are investigating the incident.


Sincere sympathies to the family and friends of Juan Carlos Menjivar and Ana Elena Moreno Santos during this very difficult time.


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