WHITTIER – Police on Monday identified an 18-year-old Whittier resident who died from an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound at a party this past weekend.Police said their initial investigation showed that Cruz Sanchez shot himself in the head at 9:40 p.m. Friday while at a party in the 8700 block of Lucia Avenue. While officials originally suspected that the death was a suicide, they now believe it was accidental. They are now awaiting a coroner’s report.“Right now we don’t have a motive for suicide,” said Whittier police spokesman Officer Alan dela Pena. “There was no note (and) from what we’ve gathered, no reason to believe the victim was contemplating suicide.” Assistance League seeking donations WHITTIER – Assistance League of Whittier is raising money for several programs.All monies raised will go to one of ALW’s programs, which include Operation School Bell, which provides uniforms and shoes, dental care, schooling, a bookmobile and a summer reading program for needy Whittier students.ALW hopes to raise $50,000 by March.Donations can be sent to Assistance League of Whittier, P.O. Box 495, Whittier, CA 90608. For more information, call (562) 693-6533. Pharmacy offers Angel Tree WHITTIER – Dr. Java in the Bright Medical Pharmacy, in conjunction with the Whittier Chapter National Charity League, will be holding the annual Salvation Army Angel Tree. Angel tags that identify requests made by needy children are available at Dr. Java, 15733 Whittier Blvd.For more information, call (323) 823-8787. County officials to review 2005 WHITTIER – Representatives from the county’s fire and sheriff’s departments will review the year at a meeting of the Whittier County Sheriff’s Community Advisory Council from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Sheriff Training Academy STARS Center, 11515 Colima Road.For more information, call (562) 652-6642. Toy drive collects gifts for holiday PICO RIVERA – LINC TELACU Scholars, in partnership with Staples and the sheriff’s East Los Angeles Station, have kicked off a toy drive as part of the annual Toys for Tots Christmas campaign. They are collecting new, unwrapped toys, priced from $10 to $15, for children of all ages. Those wishing to contribute can deliver toys to the Pico Rivera Staples store, 8950 Washington Blvd., or to the TELACU Center, 5400 E. Olympic Blvd.Collection boxes will be available through Dec. 15.For more information, call (323) 721-1655. Girl suffers major head trauma MONTEBELLO – A teenage girl crossing the street was hit by a car Monday morning and suffered major head trauma, authorities said.According to police, a 12- or 13-year-old girl was crossing the intersection at Garfield and Madison avenues at 7:28 a.m. The first car stopped to let her cross, but the second car hit her, according to Montebello police Lt. Govan Yee.The girl is in critical condition, Yee said. Her name was not immediately available.No arrests were made, and the case is under investigation. From staff reports AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MOREBlues bury Kings early with four first-period goals 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set!