Grandmother Dies After Getting Struck By 87-Year-Old Driver In Highland Park
The grandmother of the family of five struck by an elderly driver at an intersection in Highland Park has died.
Guadalupe Chavez, 52, died on Sunday, and her granddaughter, 10-year-old Marina Carillo is still in critical condition, according to NBC Los Angeles.
The crash occurred around 8:12 a.m. on Jan. 24 near Yorkdale Elementary School in Highland Park. The 87-year-old driver, Seymour Saunders, blew through a stop sign and crashed into the family who were crossing the intersection, also injuring Chavez's 33-year-old daughter Lilliana Chavez and her two sons, aged 7 and 9. (Earlier reports mistakenly identified the driver as Luis Carbajal.) The other family members had suffered non-life threatening injuries.
A resident in the area told NBC Los Angeles that the driver was "devastated" and said his foot "got stuck" and couldn't brake.