Authorities Tuesday morning identified an 18-year-old man who was killed in a crash in Gardena that left a second person seriously injured and may have been caused by a driver who was allegedly impaired and later arrested by police.
The crash occurred in the area of West Artesia Boulevard and Normandie Avenue, where the California Highway Patrol issued a Sigalert at 6:02 a.m., Sunday.
According to police, a black Mitsubishi Lancer Evolution was heading east when the vehicle slammed into the back of a gray Honda Civic moving in the same direction. The vehicle that was hit was forced into the intersection and then ran into a traffic signal in the center median.
The force of the crash apparently caused a small folding ladder in the Honda to hit the back of the head or neck of a man riding in the front passenger seat, police said. That person was found lying on the road next to the Honda. Paramedics pronounced the man, identified by the Los Angeles County Coroner’s office as Bailey Reyna, dead at the scene. His city of residence was not disclosed. The other person was sent to a hospital for treatment.
The driver of the Mitsubishi, 24-year-old Jonathan Salazar of Vista, was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol. He was held on $100,000 bail. He was scheduled to go to court Tuesday, according to jail records.
Witnesses were asked to call Gardena police Traffic investigator Matthew Hassoldt at 310-217-6189 or Sgt. James McCarthy at 310-217-6183.
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