A 66-year-old woman was killed when she was pinned between the open door of her car and the side of her home in unincorporated Los Angeles County, the California Highway Patrol said Saturday.
The death occurred about 9:50 p.m. Friday at a home in the 1500 block of West 126th Street and the woman was identified as Dalena Slaughter, the CHP reported.
Slaughter was driving a 1999 Lexus GS 300 in her driveway at an unknown speed, when she stopped her car and exited the driver’s door.
“It is believed (Slaughter) noticed she had left the Lexus’s transmission in drive and quickly got back into the vehicle,” the CHP said. “(She) became pinned in the open door of the Lexus, as the Lexus slowly drove into the side of the home.”
She was trapped and unable to stop the car, suffering fatal injuries. There were no additional people involved in the incident. And although an exact cause of death is still under investigation, it is not believed that alcohol or drugs were factors in the death, officials said.
The CHP’s West Los Angeles office asked anyone with information regarding the death to call them at (310) 642-3939.