A man and woman were killed Thursday morning and two others were injured when a pickup truck rear-ended a stalled car on the westbound Santa Monica (10) Freeway just east of Hauser Boulevard in the Mid-City area of Los Angeles.
Paramedics responded about 4:20 a.m. and located four patients, two of whom were pronounced dead at the scene, according to Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The fatally injured woman was identified by the coroner’s office as 55-year-old Modesta Guadelupe Tecuapacho of Los Angeles. The name of the man, a Los Angeles resident in his 30s, was withheld pending notification of his next of kin.
The two were passengers in the disabled 1999 Nissan Altima, according to California Highway Patrol Officer Roberto Gomez.
The driver of the Altima, a 36-year-old Los Angeles man, suffered a broken femur and was taken to Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The 33-year-old La Puente man who was the sole occupant of the 2013 Chevrolet Silverado pickup truck suffered a minor facial laceration and declined to be taken to a hospital, Gomez said.
The Nissan was stalled in the No. 3 lane when it was rear-ended, Gomez said, adding that CHP officers were responding to assist the driver and passengers in the vehicle when it was struck.
The Nos. 2, 3 & 4 lanes of the westbound Santa Monica Freeway, just east of Hauser Boulevard, and the Washington Boulevard exit were closed for nearly four hours, triggering a SigAlert, according to the CHP.
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