Two people were arrested Tuesday following a multi-vehicle, hit-and-run crash in Torrance that left one person dead and another hospitalized with major injuries, police said.
The five-vehicle crash was reported about 10:30 a.m. on intersection of Hawthorne Boulevard near Del Amo Boulevard, according to Torrance Police Department Sgt. Ronald Harris.
According to the preliminary investigation, a speeding 2004 Chevrolet SUV was being driven recklessly southbound on Hawthorne Boulevard toward the intersection of Del Amo Boulevard when it sideswiped a vehicle, causing the SUV to careen over the center divider into northbound lanes, Harris said.
Two other vehicles headed north on Hawthorne Boulevard collided with the SUV, which rolled over, ejecting one of its four occupants, according to the sergeant.
“The driver and a passenger from the SUV immediately fled the scene on foot, while a remaining passenger remained trapped inside the vehicle,” Harris said.
Bystanders freed the trapped passenger, who suffered serious injuries and was taken by emergency personnel to a hospital, according to Harris, who said the person who was ejected was pronounced dead at the scene.
“Assisting officers later located the two subjects that fled scene within close proximity” and arrested them, Harris said.
Information was not immediately available on the genders and ages of those killed and injured or the two arrested suspects and no names were released.
Northbound Hawthorne Boulevard was closed in the area while the crash investigation was conducted.
–City News Service
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