Two women were killed and four other women were injured in a solo-vehicle DUI crash Friday in Beverly Hills.
The crash was reported at 1:23 a.m. in the area of Wilshire and Santa Monica boulevards, said Beverly Hills police Sgt. Andrew Myers.
The vehicle, a BMW X5, was being driven east on Santa Monica Boulevard when the crash took place, Beverly Hills Lt. Elisabeth Albanese said. Some of the women were ejected from the vehicle, Albanese added.
All of the women, who ranged in age from 20 to 35, were taken to a hospital, where two of them later died, Albanese said. The others’ injuries ranged from minor to critical, she said.
The driver, 30-year-old Taisha Welch of Los Angeles, was arrested on suspicion of felony driving under the influence of alcohol and/or drugs, Albanese said. She was later booked on suspicion of several charges, including gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, driving under the influence, driving with a suspended license and driving without a license.
Welch was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
The intersection was closed for several hours while an investigation was conducted but reopened before 7 a.m.