Man Killed In High-Speed Single Car Crash In Exposition Park
A man was killed in a fiery single car crash in Exposition Park early on Saturday morning, according to KTLA. The crash was first reported at around 2:30 a.m., close to the intersection of Flower Drive and West 39th Street, near USC.
The car, believed to be an SUV, was traveling northbound in the 110 Freeway Express Lanes when it moved to exit the road at 39th Street. The car exited the road, but apparently did not slow down as it approached the intersection. At the intersection, the car apparently plowed into the underpass wall directly opposite the freeway exit on 39th street.
For now, it's unknown whether or not drugs or alcohol were a factor in the crash. The coroner's department also updated City News Service saying that, though initial reports indicated there may have been two victims, there was only one. The mistake was made on account of the crash's extremely mangled wreckage.
Witnesses nearby the crash say the vehicle traveled down the freeway's exit ramp at a very high rate of speed. Michael Bradley, a homeless man who lives in a tent close to the crash site, explained to KTLA that he remembered hearing screeching tires and a very loud crash.
"It startled me and my friend and the person in the tent next to us," Bradley explained. "We knew it had to be something like an accident."
Bradley continued, saying that after the crash he went to see if he could get the driver out of the car. When the vehicle caught fire a few second later, he called 911.
The crash is being investigated by LAPD's South Traffic division