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Pasadena: Parents, son die in crash

By Marshall Allen

Staff Writer

Friday, March 05, 2004 –

PASADENA — Three people killed when their car plunged into a ravine near the
Rose Bowl and burst into flames were identified Friday as a married couple
and their 20-year-old son.

Vrezh Khudabakhshyan, 52, his wife, Klarisa Petrosian, 56, and their son,
Armond Khudabakhshyan, were all from Burbank, police said. The family is survived
by daughter Elfrida Khudabakhshyan, who said through tears Friday that she
wishes she would have “gone with them” in the crash.
“They were wonderful parents. They loved me very much,” she said. “I just
can’t be with them now.”
Police said the family had been on its way to Altadena when Petrosian called
a niece, saying they had become lost after trying to take a shortcut through
the hills in the Annandale section of west Pasadena.
At 10 a.m., they were driving down the narrow, winding, two-lane Glenoaks
Boulevard. In the 1400 block of the boulevard, the car, a late 1980s Honda
Accord, missed a tight curve and tumbled several hundred feet down a steep
embankment before igniting.
Pasadena police spokeswoman Janet Pope said authorities are not sure who was
driving the car. One occupant was thrown from the vehicle and all three were
burned beyond recognition.
There was no barrier on the road, which left Elfrida with questions.
“Ask Pasadena why fences were not there to prevent cars from going down the
slope?” said Elfrida.
Pope said a barrier probably would have helped, but wouldn’t have necessarily
prevented the accident.
“There are many mountainous roads in Southern California,” Pope said. “Many
times there are barriers, many times there are not.”
There were no skid marks on the road. An investigation is continuing into the
exact cause of the crash, which may never be determined, Pope said.

Marshall Allen, (626) 578-6300, Ext. 4461

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