An investigation is underway after a driver exiting the 101 Freeway in Hollywood Thursday morning lost control of a minivan and crashed through a fence, killing one person and injuring another.
The crash occurred about 4 a.m. in the 1800 block of North Vine Street.
The minivan driver was exiting the freeway on the Vine Street offramp when the vehicle ran off the road, Los Angeles Police Department Capt. Brian Wendling said.
The minivan hit a curb, a guardrail, and then uprooted a tree before coming to a stop against the fence.
The vehicle stopped just short of a transitional housing complex, where people were sleeping inside.
Investigators say two males were inside the minivan at the time of the crash.
One was found in the yard of the housing complex and was pronounced dead at the scene. The second male was taken to an area hospital with serious injuries. He was said to be in stable condition.
It was unclear which person had been driving the vehicle.
Investigators initially believed the deceased person in the yard had been a pedestrian, but later determined he had been inside the minivan at the time of the crash.
The cause of the crash is still under investigation but evidence at the scene appears to show the vehicle was traveling at a high rate of speed. Video showed one of the minivan’s doors had dislodged from the vehicle and ended up in a tree.
“We’re assuming speed was a factor,” Wendling said.
It was not known if drugs or alcohol were also factors in the crash.