Two female pedestrians were killed, and two other people were critically injured, Sunday when a silver Mustang GT struck a street light and fire hydrant in Echo Park, the Los Angeles Fire Department reported.
The deadly crash happened about 9:20 a.m. in the 1000 block of Rosemont Avenue, when 46-year-old Bryan Gin lost control of his car and ran into three women waiting at a bus stop on Sunset Boulevard, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. Both the deceased were Filipino-American women, 81 and 78 years old, and pronounced dead at the scene, officers said.
The third female pedestrian hit by the car, described by police as a 51-year-old Latina, had to be rescued from underneath the Mustang and was taken to a local hospital in critical condition, LAFD said. She sustained two broken legs, a broken hip and a laceration on her back, but by evening was in stable condition, authorities said.
The male driver, who had to be extricated from the car, was also taken to the hospital in critical condition.
Two LADP officers from the Rampart Division who were in the area and witnessed the crash described the scene as horrific and said one of the women was catapulted about 25 feet across the street by the force of the impact.
"The fire hydrant was sheared off of its base plate and it’s laying about 10 or 15 feet away from the vehicle," LAPD Capt. Jonathan Tom said. "They had to deal with turning off the water and all that before they could get to the car."
Neither alcohol nor drugs appear to have been a factor in the collision, investigators said.
Anyone with information or surveillance footage of this deadly crash in Echo Park is asked to call the LAPD's Central Traffic Division at 213-833-3746.