A 21-year-old driver, who authorities said was driving impaired when he lost control of an SUV and crashed into a tow truck earlier this week, has been charged with murder.
Austin Redden pleaded not guilty Wednesday to a murder charge and driving under the influence of drugs causing bodily injury, court records show.
Redden was behind the wheel of an SUV that slammed into an unoccupied tow truck Monday afternoon on Rosecrans Boulevard, near the intersection of Elaine Avenue, the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department reported.
Passenger Jacob Scianni, 20, was killed in the crash, while 19-year-old passengers Diego Castillo and Andrea Sandoval were injured in the crash.
Sandoval remains on life-support, sheriff’s officials said.
Surveillance video that captured the crash from a nearby office showed the SUV spin out on its head, nearly striking other vehicles from behind.
At the time of the crash witnesses told KTLA the SUV flipped at least four times before it landed on its roof.
Witnesses told crash scene investigators the driver was “speeding recklessly and lost control.”
Redden was being held on $1.6 million bail.
1/2 UPDATE:MONDAY'S FATAL T/C ON ROSECRANS
Driver: Austin Redden 21 (in custody)
Andrea Sandoval 19 (life support)
Diego Castillo 19
Jacob Skianney 20 (deceased)
Wits say driver was speeding recklessly, lost control, hit parked tow truck.
— LASD Norwalk Station (@NorwalkLASD) May 16, 2019