Speed was a factor in a multi-vehicle freeway crash in Santa Monica that left a 2-year-old boy dead and six others hospitalized, including a 17-year-old boy who remained in critical condition Saturday, authorities said.
The California Highway Patrol about 12:25 Friday received a call of a collision involving a semi-truck on the westbound 10 Freeway at the McLure Tunnel, according to a news release. The crash also involved a 2010 Honda minivan and a dump truck.
The incident began when the semi-truck, a 1998 International, approached the minivan and a blind curve inside the tunnel at an excessive speed, the release said.
The driver of the semi slammed on the brakes but was unable to stop in time, skidding in the No. 2 lane and sideswiping the right side of the Honda, the CHP said.
The semi then rear-ended a 2012 Kenwood dump truck that had come to a complete stop in front of the minivan, according to authorities.
The Honda’s seven occupants, all of whom were residents of Las Vegas, were transported to hospitals after the crash.
The 2-year-old boy was taken to UCLA Medical Center, Santa Monica, as was the driver, identified as 42-year-old Ronell Looney, and 28-year-old passenger Haley Christian, the CHP said. The toddler was fatally injured in the collision.
The minivan’s four other passengers – two boys, ages 4 and 17, and two girls, ages 12 and 15 — were transported to UCLA Westwood Medical Center. The 17-year-old suffered major injuries, the Highway Patrol said. The injuries of the 4-year-old boy, two girls and two adults were described as minor.
The incident remains under investigation.
Anyone with information is encouraged to call Officer Rezai of the California Highway Patrol’s West Los Angeles office at 310-642-3939.