One person, believed to be an Uber driver, was killed and another person was critically injured in a two-vehicle collision Saturday in South Los Angeles. Photo via OnScene.TV.
One person, believed to be an Uber driver, was killed and a trapped passenger was critically injured. Photo via OnScene.TV.

A hit-and-run suspect was in custody Monday in the death of a woman Uber driver in a horrific South Los Angeles crash that trapped and critically injured the Uber driver’s passenger.

Two people were seen running from the car that collided with the Uber car at the scene of the crash, and one was arrested while the police hunted the other one.

The driver was initially reported as working for Uber, but the ride-share driver worked for both Uber and Lyft and it was not clear for which service she was driving at the time of the crash, said Sgt. T. Karandy of the South Traffic Division.

Story update: The coroner has identified the ride-share driver.

The crash was reported at 3:36 a.m. at the signal at Arlington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to a desk officer at the Los Angeles Police Department’s South Traffic Bureau.

The suspects’ car had been northbound on Arlington Avenue, while the ride-share driver and passenger were eastbound on Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard when they crashed at the intersection, according to Officer Liliana Preciado of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

The ride-share driver was pronounced dead at the scene. Her passenger had to be removed from a vehicle, Stewart said, and was then taken in critical condition to an area hospital, Margaret Stewart of the Los Angeles Fire Department said.

Two people were seen running from the location, Preciado said.

One suspect was taken into custody later in the day, Karandy said, and was expected to be booked for suspicion of felony hit-and-run.

The suspect’s name was not released because the investigation continues, she said. The dead driver’s name has yet to be released by the coroner.

According to sources at the scene, the ride-share motorist had been driving a black Honda Accord, and the other car was a silver Infinity sedan.

— City News Service


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