A woman died and two children were seriously hurt in a crash involving a car and an SUV in the Green Meadows neighborhood of South Los Angeles on Friday night, authorities said.
The collision was reported about 11:30 p.m. in the 800 block of East Colden Avenue, just east of McKinley Avenue, according to Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Nicholas Prange.
A woman became trapped in the wreckage was ultimately pronounced dead at the scene by paramedics, he said. Two children were hospitalized in “serious to critical” condition.
The woman was identified by Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner’s officials as Felicita Lemus, 52, of Los Angeles.
Loved ones established a memorial web site to help raise funds to help the family.
“She was driving home from a long fun day with family,” according to the memorial page. “The offending car T-boned her vehicle immediately crushing the driver side of the vehicle and injuring her nephew and grandchild.”
“She lost her life on immediate impact,” the memorial page said. “She is loved and greatly missed.”
Video from the scene showed at least two vehicles, a car and an SUV, involved in the crash.
At the site of a small memorial Saturday, the victim’s mother and cousin stood mourning the woman they described as a role-model in their family, and a kind and loving person.
Her cousin, who only identified herself as Vilma, said one of the two children hurt in the crash suffered fractures to his face and is expected to undergo surgery. Another child, a 10-year-old, suffered bleeding in his brain, as well as liver and neck injuries.
The cause and circumstances of the collision were being investigated by the Los Angeles Police Department. Police representatives could not be reached for comment Saturday.
KTLA’s Nouran Salahieh contributed to this report.