A sleeping woman was killed and three other people, including the woman’s 4-year-old daughter, were injured Wednesday when a car slammed through the walls of a South Los Angeles apartment building.
The crash occurred about 5:05 a.m. at 8760 S. Main St., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange. A white sedan driven by a 59-year-old woman smashed into the corner of a four-story apartment building and then caught fire, Prange said.
Firefighters quickly put out the car fire and then pulled the driver and her 55-year-old male passenger from the vehicle. Both were taken to a hospital in critical condition, Prange said.
A 45-year-old woman who was inside one of the apartments died at the scene, Prange said. Authorities withheld her name, but a woman identifying herself as the woman’s aunt identified her to ABC7 as Nicole Marks.
Marks’ 4-year-old daughter was injured but is expected to survive, the aunt said.
“We’re just so devastated right now,” the aunt told ABC7. “Tomorrow was a big (day) for my whole family to celebrate my mom’s birthday, which is the Fourth of July and we all planned to go to Westchester park and celebrate my mom. … Now, she won’t be able to be here.
“… It’s just so heartbreaking for my family right now. It’s just so sad,” she said.
Los Angeles police did not immediately say if alcohol or drugs were factors in the crash.
“I came out of the building because the noise was so loud,” an unidentified resident told Channel 7. “It’s sad, so sad. There was blood everywhere. It was so sad.”
The crash was being investigated by LAPD’s south Traffic Division.