An investigation was underway Tuesday into a crash on the northbound Hollywood (101) Freeway in the East Hollywood area that killed a 23-year-old woman and injured her 2-year-old son, who was pulled from the wreckage by a good Samaritan.
The crash occurred near Santa Monica Boulevard about 9:25 p.m. Monday when Arin Pugh’s Hyundai Accent slammed into a wall along the right-hand side of the freeway, according to the California Highway Patrol.
The preliminary investigation determined the 2012 Hyundai veered off the freeway onto an embankment, striking several objects and crashing into a fence before returning to the freeway and coming to a stop in the No. 4 lane, CHP Officer A. Rice said.
Pugh, 23, of Los Angeles, had to be extricated from the car and died at the scene.
A good Samaritan pulled the toddler from the twisted wreckage.
“We just saw the car smoking, so we pulled over, ran over, heard a baby crying… opened the door and the baby was OK, then pulled the baby out,” the man, identified only as Josiah, told KTLA5.
The boy was taken to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles for treatment of a head injury, according to Rice.
His mother’s aunt, Alicia Carter, told KTLA5 that Pugh had been on her way to pick up her son’s father, who works as a security guard in the area. He was concerned when she did not arrive on time, then he saw an accident alert on the Citizen app and recognized her car in video from the scene.
“She’s never late, she’s always on time, so that kind of gave him reason to think that something wasn’t right. And his gut feeling, his intuition, kicked in, and it was what it was,” Carter told KTLA.
The toddler, whose name is Jayden, is now in the care of family and is going to be OK, she said. Carter also said family members would like to get in touch with Josiah so they can thank him.
“I would hug him, thank him and just greatly show him my appreciation. He was there driving at that time, at that moment, for this reason, and I want to say thank you Josiah,” she told Channel 5.
Anyone who witnessed the crash was urged to call the Central Los Angeles California Highway Patrol Office at 213-744-2331.
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