A woman was killed Wednesday when her car was rear-ended by the driver of an apparently speeding vehicle in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles, causing her to crash into a utility pole, but her 2-year-old daughter survived the hit-and-run crash.
The rollover crash occurred around 1:45 a.m. in the 5200 block of West Washington Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.
The woman died at the scene, according to police. She was identified by family members as 31-year-old Angelyn Cobarrubia. Her 2-year-old daughter, who was riding in the Nissan Altima with her, was unharmed but hospitalized as a precaution, police said.
Police were trying to determine if street racing or road rage were involved in the crash, Los Angeles police Capt. Edward Pape said. Police are also searching the drivers of two vehicles — one that struck Cobarrubia’s car but was driven away and another that stopped briefly at the scene before leaving.
“We did find four different videos from the area, and at this time, we are trying to enhance those videos to get a better shot of what actually occurred,” Pape told Fox11.
“It appears that a car at a high rate of speed was traveling eastbound on Washington, and struck the victim, unfortunately, from behind, causing her to lose control of her vehicle, and die as a result,” Pape said.
According to witness reports from the scene, Cobarrubia was not wearing a seat belt, and while there was a child seat in the car, the 2-year-old girl was not buckled into it, ABC7 reported.
The was pulled from the wreckage by a witness to the crash.
“I saw the silhouette of the baby standing up over the driver and heard a few cries,” Emanuel Savinon told Channel 7. “So I instantly just reached in and felt for the baby and made sure the baby was OK and gently pulled out and pulled her to the side and made sure she was all right until the ambulance got there.”
—City News Service