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Woman Fleeing Crash Hits Family In Minivan, Killing Dad And Injuring 4 Kids

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A woman was arrested on suspicion of murder after she allegedly fled the scene of a crash, only to collide into a minivan a few minutes later, killing one man and injuring four children passengers, police said.

According to NBC L.A. 20-year-old Saidy Samayoa was driving a Toyota 4Runner when she was involved in a crash at Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street around 11:30 a.m. Sunday.

Samayoa then fled, and was chased by the driver she hit—but they decided to give up the chase when they realized she was "going too fast." The LAPD said Samayoa then continued, speeding westbound on Parthenia and blew through a red light when she collided with a Toyota Sienna that was carrying a family with multiple children inside.

The L.A. Daily News writes that multiple people were ejected from the Sienna, which rolled over after being hit. The driver, a 37-year-old man, was killed, and four children passengers—three of them his own kids—were injured. Another adult woman was also in the minivan. The five passengers were taken to local hospitals with serious injuries, two of them listed in critical condition. In addition, two male passengers in the 4Runner were also seriously injured.

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KTLA reports that more than 60 firefighters responded to the crash.

"Some of the people that were helping...their hands were full of blood," Estevan Prado, a nearby resident told KTLA. Good Samaritans were "putting rags on them, to try to stop the bleeding and try to calm them down," he said.

Samayoa was processed under an "absentee booking," as she was being treated at a local hospital for very serious injuries.