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A motorist was in custody Wednesday and another was being sought in connection with a crash in Torrance that left a 16-year-old boy dead and a man seriously injured.
The crash occurred about 10 p.m. Tuesday at Crenshaw Boulevard and Crest Road, the Torrance Police Department reported.
The teen, who died at a hospital, was riding in a 2000 Toyota Sienna van when two other vehicles ran a red light and crashed into it, police said. His name was withheld, pending notification of his relatives. The 47-year-old man driving the van was hospitalized in serious condition.
According to police, a silver 2004 Audi A6, and a black 2014 Mercedes- Benz GLK350 were both going northbound on Crenshaw Boulevard when they ran a red light and crashed into the van, which was turning left from southbound Crenshaw Boulevard to eastbound Crest Road.
“The initial investigations indicate the driver of the Audi was involved in minor collision in Rancho Palos Verdes with the Mercedes-Benz and fled the scene … and the driver of the Mercedes Benz GLK350 was following the Audi when both vehicles ran the red signal for northbound Crenshaw Boulevard at Crest Road and both collided with the Toyota Sienna van,” a police statement said.
“After the collision, the Audi fled northbound on Crenshaw and the driver of the Mercedes GLK350 stayed at the scene,” police said. “The Audi was located a short time later near the scene unoccupied.”
The driver of the Mercedes, a 21-year old Rancho Palos Verdes man, was treated for an unspecified injury at a hospital and was arrested by Torrance police on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. His name was not immediately released.
Anyone with information on the case was urged to call police at (310) 618-5557.
—City News Service
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