Driver Charged in Bellflower Crash That Killed His Brother

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Authorities have arrested a 22-year-old man after a single-vehicle a crash Saturday morning in Bellflower that left the driver’s teenage brother dead and others injured, officials said.


The crash occurred at the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard, Bellflower, Jan. 4, 2014. (Credit: On Scene TV)

The driver and four passengers were in a vehicle that was traveling at a high rate of speed and the driver lost control, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said in a press release. The car then hit a curb and a wrought iron fence, and collided with a tree.

Four of the car’s five occupants were ejected when the collision occurred about 2:02 am at the corner of Rosecrans Avenue and Lakewood Boulevard.

“It’s very surprising that anybody could’ve survived that crash,” said sheriff’s Sgt. Oscar Butao.

“When we arrived, we could not tell what type of vehicle it was,” he said. “All we know [is], it was crushed and appeared to have flipped over several times.”

The five occupants were taken to area hospitals. The teenage victim succumbed to his injuries a short time later, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The age of the deceased victim was not immediately clear. Authorities had initially said he was 17  or 18 years old. Relatives said he was 16 years old.

The driver, 22-year-old Eddie Solis, was arrested and charged with felony vehicular manslaughter, Butao said.

Solis was booked into the sheriff’s Lakewood Station, according to the department’s Inmate Information Center website. He was then transferred to the Twin Towers Correctional Facility in downtown Los Angeles, where he was being held Saturday evening in lieu of $100,000 bail.

Solis is the older brother of the deceased victim, officials said.

The names of the four passengers were not released.

Alcohol was also a factor in the crash, the Sheriff’s Department said.

Correction: An earlier version of this article incorrectly reported that the collision occurred in Downey. The crash vehicle crashed in Bellflower, according to the Sheriff’s Department. The article has been updated to reflect this information.