1 Pedestrian Dead, 3 Injured After Car Jumps Curb In North Hollywood
Three child pedestrians were injured, and one woman was killed when a car jumped a curb following a crash on Saturday.
ABC-7 reports the driver of a white BMW was attempting to pass a silver Mustang in the center turn lane on Vanowen Street in North Hollywood around 4 p.m. when the Mustang lost control, and struck a large pick-up truck. This caused a chain reaction: the impact of the crash caused the BMW to crash into multiple other cars before it jumped the curb, hit the pedestrians, crashed through a wrought iron fence, and stopped in front of an apartment building.
According to the L.A. Times, the pedestrians were related: the 63-year-old woman was killed, while the children, all girls ages 13, 8 and 7, have non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the BMW was also taken to the hospital.
ABC-7 writes that the woman was the children's grandmother, and that the children's parents were also on the sidewalk at the time of the crash. Police said it appears the victims saw the initial crash that sent the car hurtling towards them.
Sgt. Robert White of the LAPD told ABC-7, "One little girl ran fast as she could, but all the girls just have simple lacerations."
Police said the drivers of both the BMW and the Mustang were cooperating, and that street racing, drugs or alcohol were not a factor in the crash. However, speed may have been a factor.