1 Dead in Willowbrook Car Crash; DUI Suspected

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The driver of a car involved in a crash in Willowbrook that left a 23-year-old woman dead and three others injured early Thursday was expected to be charged on suspicion of driving under the influence, authorities said.


Family members of Barbara Caldwell identified her as the victim of a fatal car crash in Willowbrook on Thursday, March 6, 2014. (Credit: family photo)

The single-vehicle crash occurred shortly after 1 a.m. near East 124th Street and South Central Avenue, according to CHP Officer Francisco Villalobos.

When first responders arrived, they discovered two smashed-up vehicles and multiple victims who had either been ejected or were trapped inside the wreckage, authorities said.

One woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Authorities have not yet released her name, but the victim’s aunt has identified her as 23-year-old Barbara Caldwell.

Caldwell worked as a security guard at Staples Center, according to Shirley Ann Magsby.

“She was a young, beautiful girl. She didn’t have a chance to live,” Magsby said of her niece. “She was just a lovely person. She loved everybody she met, and everybody loved her.”

Caldwell was a passenger in the vehicle, according to the CHP.

Three other people — including the driver — sustained major injuries in the crash and were transported to a hospital, according to authorities.

The women in the car were all females in their early 20s, a CHP official said.

The cause of the crash was still under investigation.

KTLA’s Lynette Romero and Rose Razeghi contributed to this report.