A CHP officer arrests one of the suspects believed to be under the influence. Photo: OnSceneTV
A CHP officer arrests one of the suspects believed to be under the influence. Photo: OnSceneTV

A 24-year-old motorist was killed in a traffic crash on the San Diego (405) Freeway near LAX, apparently caused by a drunken driver.

The crash on the northbound 405 Freeway, north of Century Boulevard, was at 3:05 a.m. Saturday, the California Highway Patrol reported.

The 24-year-old man was driving a 2017 Mazda, which was disabled in traffic lanes. His car was rear-ended by a 2017 Ford Fusion driven by a 32- year man from Los Angeles, suspected of driving under the alcohol or drugs.

The 24-year-old victim, a resident of Carson, was pronounced dead at the scene. The 32-year-old man, who suffered minor injuries, was arrested.

A little over a half an hour later, on the southbound 405 in the same area, a 34-year-old man, was arrested on suspicion of triggering a three- vehicle crash where one person suffered major injuries. The 34-year-old man escaped with minor injuries.

The motorist, who was driving a 2003 Toyota Camry allegedly under the influence of alcohol or drugs, rear ended a 1996 Nissan Sentra that had slowed due to the previous crash. Paramedics rushed a female passenger to Harbor-UCLA Medical Center suffering from a brain injury and a fractured hip, according to the CHP.

–City News Service

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