A Los Angeles woman was killed and her 4-year-old child was injured when a car barreled into their apartment as they slept.
The one-car crash occurred at about 5 a.m. in the 8700 block of Main Street in the Broadway-Manchester neighborhood of South Los Angeles, the city’s fire department said.
A small fire also started after the car went into the building, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
The crash caused parts of the shattered wall to hit the woman as she slept, killing her. Her child was taken to the hospital with minor injuries, officials said.
The driver of the car, a 59-year-old woman, and her passenger, a 55-year-old man, were taken to the hospital and were being interviewed by police.
Speed may have been a factor but authorities were still investigating the cause of the collision, Pinto said.
Authorities are also trying to determine if there was any impairment to the driver at the time of the crash. No charges have been announced.
The victim left behind four children, including the 4-year-old girl, and devastated family members gathered at the apartment building soon after the crash. Video taken at the scene recorded a male voice crying out, “Mama, Mama.”
A sobbing woman, who identified herself as the victim’s aunt, remember the victim warmly.
“She was so sweet. She was my sweetest niece ever,” the woman said, adding the family was going to have to tell the child her mother was gone.
“The 4-year-old, she just keeps calling for her mom. Like, we don’t know what to tell her — she’s only 4,” the woman told a local television station.
The woman’s family was left to contend with funeral costs for the deceased and medical expenses for the little girl. They will be missing both the woman’s financial and emotional support through the years and must care for the child as she grows up. When they are emotionally ready, the family members should consult with an attorney to learn their options.