A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.
A California Highway Patrol cruiser. Photo by John Schreiber.

The coroner’s office Tuesday released the name of a 25- year-old Northridge woman killed when she crashed into a tree after speeding away when a California Highway Patrol Officer approached her car, which  was stopped on the Harbor (110) Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

She was identified as Kimberly Brito, said coroner’s Lt. Larry Dietz. An autopsy was pending.

The crash happened just before 7 p.m. Sunday on the transition road from the northbound Harbor (110) Freeway to the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.

The woman’s 2015 Honda Civic was stopped in the No. 4 lane of the northbound Harbor Freeway at Second Street, the CHP reported. A CHP officer pulled up behind the Civic and attempted to speak to the woman through the driver’s side window, but she sped off.

The officer got back into his vehicle and attempted to catch up to the woman’s car, which entered the Harbor Freeway transition road to the northbound Hollywood Freeway, but as he entered the connector he saw the Honda had crashed into a tree on an embankment, according to the CHP.

The officer pulled the woman from the Honda, rendered first aid and called for medical assistance, but she died at the scene, the CHP reported. Why she had stopped her car on the 110 has not yet been determined.

—City News Service

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