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Monterey Park crossing guard killed

MONTEREY PARK — A collection of notes and flowers continued to grow in the memory of a 76-year-old crossing guard who was struck and killed by a car here Jan. 27.

Abel Castellanos of Monterey Park died at the scene, according to the coroner’s office.

Castellanos was struck at 3:42 p.m. at the intersection of Garfield and Elmgate avenues, directly across from Monterey Park Fire Station 42.

The driver of the car that struck Castellanos did not attempt to flee. No arrests have been made.

The California Highway Patrol was investigating the collision, CHP Officer Peter Bishop said.

At the crash scene, a memorial grew in honor of Castellanos. One person left a note thanking him for keeping children safe in the neighborhood for the past decade.

Monterey Park City Manager Paul Talbot said Castellanos “was a fixture at this corner for the past 10 years and was highly regarded and respected by those who knew him.”

“He was especially close to members of the Monterey Park Fire Department who would exchange stories and coffee with him on a daily basis,” Talbot said. “The children at Macy Intermediate School and Meher Montessori School were especially fond of their safety companion. He will be dearly missed by all members of the Monterey Park Police Department.”

According to the city, Castellanos lived in Monterey Park for more than 50 years with his wife, Delores, who died in April 2014. He is survived by his daughter, two sons, grandchildren and in-laws.

Flags at Monterey Park City Hall were lowered to half-staff in his honor.