11-Year-Old Girl Killed in Mustang Crash at Boyle Heights Taco Stand Is ID’d; Two Others Injured

A young girl was killed and two others were injured after a Mustang smashed into two other cars next to taco stand in Boyle Heights Friday night, authorities said.

Officials question witnesses after four pedestrians were injured when a car crashed into them in Boyle Heights on Nov. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Officials question witnesses after four pedestrians were injured when a car crashed into them in Boyle Heights on Nov. 10, 2017. (Credit: KTLA)

Officials responded to the scene in the 900 block of South Marietta Street, near the intersection with Whittier Boulevard, around 7 p.m., according to an alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

The girl killed was later identified by LAPD officials as Elektra Yepez.

The Mustang had been traveling west on Whittier Boulevard at a high rate of speed when its driver lost control and veered across the center line, crashing into a sedan and pickup next to the taco stand, said Los Angeles Police Capt. Ruby Flores.

Speed was a factor in the incident, Flores added, and the department's street racing task force was on scene investigating the circumstances.

One of those hurt, an 11-year-old girl, died after being taken to the hospital, police said.

Two women were in critical condition and being treated at the USC Medical Center, officials said.

Although police had previously said a 15-month-old was also hurt, it appears the baby was uninjured but had been transported with its mother.

All the victims "seem to be related," Flores said. They were described as pedestrians and not passengers in the others vehicles involved.

KTLA was at the scene as the Mustang's 21-year-old driver was detained for questioning, but according to Flores he had not been arrested as of Friday night.

He had completed field sobriety test, but Flores said she was not yet aware of the results.

Footage from the scene showed the Mustang's windshield had been shattered, and both the sedan and Chevy truck sustained significant damage to their front right.

A crowd of shocked bystanders remained at the stand in the immediate aftermath of the incident, aerial video from Sky5 showed.

No further details were immediately available.