Fiery Crash in Culver City Leaves 1 Dead, 3 Others Injured

A vehicle that failed to yield to officers in Culver City Thursday morning later crashed and caught fire while trying to exit the 405 Freeway, leaving one person dead and three others hospitalized.

The incident began about 12:55 a.m. when police tried to pull over a dark gray Honda Odyssey, California Highway Patrol Officer Man Tran said.

The vehicle, which was carrying two men and two women, left the officers and drove onto the northbound 405 Freeway before attempting to exit on the Venice Boulevard off-ramp, Tran said.

While exiting the freeway, the Honda collided with a Kia SUV and burst into flames.

Crews arrived to find the Honda fully engulfed and quickly extinguished the fire.

One woman, a passenger in the left rear seat of the Honda, died at the scene, Tran said.

The two men and one other woman were transported to a hospital with major injuries.

The people traveling in the Kia were not injured in the collision, Tran said.

It was not clear why police initially attempted to stop the Honda.

The Venice Boulevard on-ramp and off-ramp were closed while investigators worked to determine the cause of the crash.