High Speed a Factor In Fatal Hawthorne Crash That Nearly Split Minivan in Two: Police

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High speed was a factor in a collision that left one person dead and a minivan nearly cut in half by a traffic pole in Hawthorne, police said Friday.

Donnovhan Keaton Ylagan died in a crash in Hawthorne April 2, 2015. (Credit: DMV)

Donnovhan Keaton Ylagan died in a crash in Hawthorne April 2, 2015. (Credit: DMV)

The crash occurred near the intersection of 135th Street and Hawthorne Boulevard (map) at about 10 a.m. Thursday.

The driver was identified by the coroner’s office Friday as 25-year-old Donnovham Keaton Ylagan, though the driver’s DMV record showed a spelling of “Donnovhan” for his first name.

He was believed to have been on his way to work at the time of the crash, Lt. Eric Lane of the Hawthorne Police Department said.

Ylagan had been going eastbound when he hit a pole, which remained standing despite nearly splitting the vehicle in two.

As a result of the impact, one of the minivan’s tires was found on the other side of the intersection, video showed.

A pole appeared to have cut through a minivan that was involved in a traffic collision in Hawthorne on April 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

A pole appeared to have cut through a minivan that was involved in a traffic collision in Hawthorne on April 2, 2015. (Credit: KTLA)

Ylagan, who was the only person in the minivan, was pronounced dead at the scene.

The vehicle had been traveling at a high rate of speed, but it was unclear if drugs or alcohol were involved, Lane said.

KTLA’s Brianna Ruffalo, Crystal Garcia and Melissa Pamer contributed to this report. 

Correction: An earlier version of this story spelling the crash victim’s name incorrectly. The story has been updated.