When a person is driving, he or she has a responsibility to others on and around the road. That responsibility is to drive safely and to avoid causing injuries. When a driver chooses to speed, drink and drive or race others, he or she is making the choice to put others at risk. That’s what happened in this case involving a little girl in Boyle Heights.
An 11-year-old girl was killed in a crash in Boyle Heights while two others suffered injuries. According to the Nov. 10 report, a Mustang collided with two other vehicles that were visiting a taco stand in Boyle Heights. The vehicle had been traveling west while speeding when the driver lost control of the car. The driver crossed the center line on Whittier Boulevard before crashing into a pickup truck and sedan parked at the taco stand.
The 11-year-old child, was rushed to the hospital but did not survive her injuries. Two women also suffered critical injuries but were still being treated at the hospital at the time of the news report. The people hit were pedestrians, not inside the vehicles that were hit, the police believe.
The driver of the Mustang, a 21-year-old, was detained. It wasn’t clear if the driver was intoxicated at the time, but the police do believe that speed was a factor in the crash. It’s possible that street racing played a role in the collision, and the police department’s street racing task force was at the scene.
There is not an excuse for speeding or distracted driving that leads to a collision. If you lose a loved one, you have a right to pursue a claim.
Source: KTLA 5, “11-Year-Old Girl Killed in Mustang Crash at Boyle Heights Taco Stand Is ID’d; Two Others Injured,” Erika Martin and Rick Chambers, Nov. 11, 2017