2 dead, 1 critically injured in high-speed Lake Balboa car crash – Los Angeles Times

Two people were dead and another was critically injured after a car crash in the Lake Balboa area early Wednesday.
Around 3:46 a.m., a Chevrolet Corvette was speeding north on Balboa Boulevard and is believed to have failed to stop at a traffic light when it collided with a Honda SUV that was traveling east on Victory Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
Two people were trapped in the wreckage and transported by ambulance to a hospital in critical condition, said Brian Humphrey, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department.
The driver of the Honda, a woman in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Corvette driver and a passenger were hospitalized, LAPD Lt. Matthew Bielski told KTLA-TV Channel 5.
The Corvette driver later died at the hospital, Officer Robert Carter with the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division confirmed. The passenger remains at the hospital.
The leak triggered another exchange between Soto-Martinez, a sharp critic of the LAPD, and the union that represents rank-and-file police officers.

Footage from KTLA showed the Honda upside down in the street and the Corvette at least 50 feet away in a strip mall parking lot. A sign for the strip mall was destroyed, and the area was strewn with debris.

The Corvette’s entire front end was sheared from the car, and windows of a nearby storefront were shattered.
The Valley Traffic Division is leading the investigation into the crash.
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Alexandra E. Petri covers trends and breaking news for the Los Angeles Times. She previously covered live news at the New York Times. A two-time reporting fellow with the International Women’s Media Foundation, she graduated from Penn State with a degree in journalism and international studies.
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