Police: Man deliberately hit truck in triple fatal

Before you go, we thought you'd like these...
Before you go close icon

Triple Freeway Fatal

CASTAIC, Calif. (AP) - A man who was in a custody battle with his ex-wife deliberately crashed his car into a tractor-trailer on a Southern California freeway, killing himself and his two children, authorities said Tuesday.

Alan Dean Edwards, 46, of Lancaster, his 9-year-old son, Erick Dean Edwards, and 5-year-old daughter, Alona Marie Edwards, all died in the crash on Interstate 5 around 1 a.m. Monday.

The truck was parked in a brake-check area in Castaic, about 30 miles northwest of Los Angeles, when it was struck from behind by Edwards' fast-moving Honda Accord, authorities said.

The driver didn't make "any attempts to stop," said Nicole Nishida, a spokeswoman for the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department.

The front half of the car was crushed and wedged under the truck.

Edwards and his former wife were in a custody battle and he had picked up the children Friday for a scheduled visit, Nishida said. She filed a missing persons report when they failed to return Sunday, Nishida said.

More from AOL
Northern California braces for powerful storm
Senate report: Harsh tactics didn't net bin Laden
Obama confronts Bush legacy with reports release

Read Full Story

Sign up for Breaking News by AOL to get the latest breaking news alerts and updates delivered straight to your inbox.

Subscribe to our other newsletters

Emails may offer personalized content or ads. Learn more. You may unsubscribe any time.

From Our Partners