11-Year-Old Girl Dead, 2 Others Hurt After Mustang Crash Near Taco Stand

By Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao is a New York-based reporter at The Epoch Times. He covers national security, human trafficking and U.S. politics.
November 11, 2017 Updated: November 12, 2017

An 11-year-old girl was killed and two other women injured on Friday, Nov. 10, when a Mustang smashed into two other cars near a taco stand in Los Angeles.

Authorities responded to the incident in Boyle Heights neighborhood. The crash occurred at 7:08 p.m., according to a Twitter alert from the Los Angeles Fire Department.

According to the latest update by LAPD officials, the young girl who was killed in the crash was identified as Elektra Yepez, KTLA5 reported. She was pronounced dead at the hospital.

As of writing, the two other women who sustained injuries from the incident were placed in critical condition. They were sent to the USC Medical Center for treatment.

The driver of the Mustang was travelling on Whitter Boulevard and heading west, driving at high speeds.

Then as he continued speeding, the driver lost control of his vehicle, as it veered across the center line of the road crashing into a sedan and pickup—both parked next to the taco stand, according to Los Angeles Police Capt. Ruby Flores.

The Police Capt. said that the driver’s speeding was a factor in the crash, adding that the department’s street racing task force was assigned to investigate the incident and the circumstances behind it, KTLA5 reports.

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The location of the crash on the 900 block of South Marietta Street, near the intersection of Whittier Boulevard. (Google Maps)

Flores said the two wounded victims were pedestrians and not passengers inside the parked vehicles at the time of the crash. He added that all three victims of the incident “seem to be related.”

In previous reports, police said that a 15-month old was also injured as a result of the incident. But according to the Los Angeles Times, the baby, in fact, did not appear injured. The baby had just been sent to the hospital along with his mother.

The driver of the Mustang, a 21-year-old was detained by police and questioned.

However, Flores said on Friday night that the driver was not arrested. It’s unclear if he will be arrested later.

At the scene of the crash, the driver did pass a roadside sobriety test. However, results of that same test were not readily available and had not been seen by Flores, according to KTLA5.

Ariel footage of the scene revealed that the windshield of the Mustang had been smashed as a result of the crash’s impact. Both the sedan and Chevy truck that the Mustang hit sustained major damage.

According to KTLA5, a crowd of onlookers remained in the area in shock in the immediate aftermath of the crash.

No further details were currently available from authorities.

From NTD.tv

Bowen Xiao
Bowen Xiao is a New York-based reporter at The Epoch Times. He covers national security, human trafficking and U.S. politics.