Just what was an 89-year-old woman doing driving on a downtown Los Angeles freeway at about 4 a.m. when she lost control of her older Cadillac, sending the large car soaring from a freeway overpass and killing her in a horrifying crash to the roadway below?
Authorities Friday were trying to determine what Barbara Hazely was doing on the road at such an early hour and what led to the deadly accident.
Los Angeles Fire Department crews used the “jaws of life” to pull Hazely’s body from the wreckage, LAFD spokeswoman Margaret Stewart said.
Hazely, who Friday was identified by officials as the dead woman, was killed when she lost control of her car and crashed through a metal guardrail and fence on a Harbor (110) Freeway overpass in downtown Los Angeles, sending the vehicle plummeting onto the northbound freeway below.
The 2005 Cadillac landed on its roof amid traffic near Third Street in the pre-dawn darkness Thursday, giving freeway drivers an unexpected fright, but the vehicle was not believed to have struck any vehicles when it landed, officials said.
At least two other vehicles were damaged, from striking either the crashed car or debris from the metal overpass fencing, which also landed on the roadway. Initial law enforcement reports indicated the Cadillac had fallen on some vehicles, but later investigation showed that had not happened.
Hazely was driving north on the 110 Freeway and took the Third Street exit heading west, but she lost control while on the Third Street overpass, according to CHP officials.
No other injuries were reported.
—City News Service