An 89-year-old man and an 86-year-old woman from Covina died after their minivan left the roadway and struck a tree at the interchange between the 101 and 10 freeways in Boyle Heights late Wednesday, authorities said.
The crash took place about 7:50 p.m. on the northbound 101 Freeway, approaching the transition to the eastbound 10 Freeway, according to Officer J. Lee of the California Highway Patrol’s Central Los Angeles-area office.
The man was driving a 2012 Kia Sedona with the woman riding as a passenger, he said in a written statement.
The minivan left the roadway following an “unsafe turning movement,” Lee said. The van struck a tree.
Paramedics pronounced the driver dead at the scene, officials said. The passenger was taken to a hospital, where she soon succumbed to her injuries, as well.
Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner officials identified the man killed as Frank Palminteri, and the woman as Mary Palmieri. Their relationship was not available.
A Sig Alert remained in effect for about three hours following the collision, officials said.
Any witnesses, or anyone with information, was asked to contact Officer Lee at 213-744-2331.