One Killed in Fiery Eight-Car Crash in South L.A. – Jennifer Gould Reports
SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KTLA) — One person was killed and several others were injured in a fiery crash involving eight cars and a bicyclist in South L.A.
It happened Tuesday night in the 200 block of West Manchester Avenue.
According to police, a black Dodge Charger was chasing a silver Pontiac. The cars were speeding on the wrong side of the road, heading south on northbound Broadway.
The Pontiac hit a white Saturn head-on, killing the Saturn’s driver. The Charger hit a pickup truck, sending the truck flying about 70 feet.
Eight cars and a cyclist were involved in the chain-reaction crash that followed.
The road was littered with debris and injured people. The impact caused at least one of the vehicles involved to burst into flames.
Police say that the silver Pontiac was involved in a shooting at a home at 79th and Hoover.
The occupants of the home jumped into the black Charger, and that is when the chase began.
The innocent victim who died in the crash was described as a Hispanic male in his late 30s. Authorities have not released his identity, pending notification of his next of kin.
The driver of the Charger was in the ICU at California Hospital in critical but stable condition.
Several occupants from the Pontiac took themselves to St. Francis Hospital. At least one was still there, in unknown condition, police confirmed.
Police said they did recover a gun from the silver Pontiac. The investigation into the shooting and crash was ongoing, and charges are pending.