The name of an 11-year-old girl killed when a 21- year-old man allegedly crashed his vehicle in front of a taco stand in Boyle Heights was released by police Saturday.
Elektra Yepez died from her injuries at a hospital following the crash that caused non life-threatening injuries to three other people, police said.
The suspect arrested for suspicion of vehicular manslaughter was later identified as Jose Luis Perez, said Officer Drake Madison of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section. A juvenile passenger was arrested for suspicion of possessing nitrous oxide.
Perez allegedly crashed into parked vehicles that went onto the sidewalk at 7:05 p.m. Friday and slammed into the taco stand in the 900 block of South Marietta Street.
The victims were taken to a hospital, and it was later confirmed that the girl now identified as Yepez had died. At least two of the injured victims were women, with one suffering a fractured leg, according to reports from the scene. All the victims were pedestrians, said Officer Tony Im of the Los Angeles Police Department’s Media Relations Division.
Witnesses at the scene said the adults are sisters and were having dinner with their children when Perez, driving a Ford Mustang, lost control, according to ABC7.
Perez cooperated with investigators and was taken to the police station, Im said.
A nitrous oxide container was confiscated from his car, police said.
Officials have not said whether street racing caused the accident. However, speed was a factor in the collision, they said.
The injured victims’ names have not been released.
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— Staff and wire reports