Downey man killed in motorcycle crash

DOWNEY - A 23-year-old Downey man was killed Saturday after his motorcycle struck two vehicles near Paramount Boulevard and Phlox Street, authorities said.Officials did not publicly identify the victim but friends said he was Darwin Callejas, a 2009 graduate of Downey High School. According to police, Callejas was riding a Honda CBR 900RR motorcycle west on Phlox at about 5:23 p.m. when it "began to overtake" a Volkswagen Coupe 2.0 being driven by a 56-year-old Downey man. The motorcycle sideswiped the Volkswagen and continued into the intersection, where it struck a Toyota Camry heading north on Paramount Boulevard. Callejas was declared dead at the scene. The driver of the Camry, a 23-year-old female resident of Whittier, was not injured. Callejas worked at S&H Automotive, a car repair and customization shop on Downey Avenue, not far from where he died. He was the father of a young boy. Friends of Callejas are raising money to cover funeral expenses. Donations can be made online at Authorities are still investigating the collision. Anyone with additional information is asked to call Detective Edwards at (562) 904-2339 or Sgt. Miller at (562) 904-2342.

********** Published: June 13, 2013 - Volume 12 - Issue 09