One of the wrecked vehicles outside the Donut King II shop in Gardena. Courtesy OnScene.TV
One of the wrecked vehicles outside the Donut King II shop in Gardena. Courtesy OnScene.TV

A 30-year-old woman was killed and four other people were injured when two vehicles collided and then slammed into the Donut King II shop in Gardena, a police lieutenant said Wednesday.

The collision occurred at 7:20 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Western and Marine avenues, said Gardena Police Lt. Uikilifi Niko and Los Angeles County Fire Department Dispatch Supervisor Ed Pickett.

County fire paramedics took five people to a hospital, Pickett said.

“One person was in critical condition and four people suffered minor injuries,” Pickett said.

The critically injured person, a 30-year-old woman from Huntington Park, died from her injuries at 7:52 p.m. Tuesday, Niko said.

“She was a passenger in the vehicle that had three people in it,” Niko said. “There was also a 6-year-old boy in the back seat who was injured.”

The deceased woman’s name was withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The second vehicle only had a driver in it, Niko said. The fifth person who was hurt was an employee of the doughnut shop.

Niko said authorities don’t know how the crash occurred but there was no indication that drugs or alcohol was involved.

When Gardena officers arrived at the scene Niko said that one car was still partially inside the doughnut shop.

The intersection of Western and Marine avenues was closed and a SigAlert was declared by the California Highway Patrol for the police investigation of the crash. The SigAlert was canceled and the intersection cleared as of 12:16 a.m., according to the CHP.

—City News Service

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