A motorist was in custody Monday after allegedly fleeing police and crashing an SUV through a building being used as a Halloween popup store in Van Nuys, killing a woman and injuring at least five other people, authorities said.
The crash happened around 8:05 p.m. Sunday at 7600 Woodley Ave., said Los Angeles Fire Department spokeswoman Margaret Stewart.
Luis Carrillo-Castaneda, 18, of Los Angeles was booked on suspicion of murder, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.
According to police, Carrillo-Castaneda was driving a 2007 Chevrolet Tahoe west on Saticoy Street “at a high rate of speed” when it crashed into the building on the southwest corner of Woodley Avenue and Saticoy Street.
A Woodland Hills woman died at the scene, the LAPD reported. The identity of the woman, believed to have been in her 20s, was withheld, pending notification of her relatives. Paramedics evaluated at least five other people for injuries, none believed life-threatening.
NBC4 reported that the SUV driver was taking part in a nearby street takeover, doing donuts in the middle of an intersection, and crashed into the building at a high speed, while being followed by the LAPD helicopter overhead.
Street takeovers often involve dozens or sometimes hundreds of attendees blocking off city intersections where drivers perform stunts. Serious injuries and some deaths have occurred at street takeovers in recent years.
Police at the scene said the SUV was traveling at such a high rate of speed it left 200 feet of skid marks on the street and continued 75 feet to the back of the building before it stopped, ABC7 said. The genders and ages of the other victims were not immediately available.
LAFD’s Urban Search and Rescue team was evaluating the stability of the building, Stewart said.
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