Driver Dies, 2 Passengers Critical After High-Speed Crash in City of Commerce

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A 19-year-old driver died and two passengers were in critically injured after a high-speed crash

An L.A. County sheriff's investigator photographs the wreckage of a car after a crash in Commerce on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

An L.A. County sheriff’s investigator photographs the wreckage of a car after a crash in Commerce on Thursday, July 17, 2014. (Credit: KTLA)

Thursday night in Commerce that split a car in half, authorities said.

The collision occurred about 10:30 p.m. in the 5500 block of East Washington Boulevard, near South Eastern Avenue (map), said Sgt. Javier Valencia of the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department.

Two cars were traveling westbound on Washington at speeds exceeding 90 mph when the driver of an Acura lost control, witnesses said. The Acura crossed all lanes before hitting a tree and coming to a stop against a building. The force of the impact split the car in half.

The driver was ejected, and two passengers were trapped inside, Valencia said. The passengers were extricated by first responders who used the Jaws of Life.


Isaac Garcia died after being ejected from the vehicle he was driving in the city of Commerce on Thursday, July 17, 2014, authorities said. (Credit: California Department of Motor Vehicles)

The driver of the second vehicle did not stop, according to witnesses.

All three occupants of the Acura were transported to LAC+USC Medical Center in critical condition, the Sheriff’s Department said.

The driver was later identified as Isaac Garcia, of Maywood, according to Assistant Chief Ed Winter of the L.A. County coroner’s office.

The names of the passengers were not immediately released.

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