Car flips out in Angelino Heights*

Photo from Angeleno Heights resident

A woman named Staci from Angeleno Heights reports being awakened early this morning by a crashing sound on Kensington Road between Marion Avenue and Douglas Street. She looked out her window to see a car on its side:

Just about 15 minutes ago I heard a crash so loud that I woke up jumping out my skin. I looked outside my bedroom window and saw a car completely on it’s side, perpendicular to the road, and one or two people who seemed to be running out of their houses. As I scrambled to find my cell I saw more and more people come out into the street. An ambulance came up from the west and a firetruck from the east just about 6 minutes after that, at about 1 am. Hope everyone is okay.

The incident took place at about 1 a.m. The Eastsider is checking with authorities for details.

* Update: The driver responsible for the crash was driving too fast and lost control, hitting packed cars, said Lt. Wes Buhrmester with the Rampart Division. The driver passed a sobriety test but his license has been revoked, Buhrmester said in a comment to this post.

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  1. This morning, there’s a very messed up Scion parked atthe scene with some dusty stuff on the ground. Not sure if the Scion was the car that flipped or a parked car that was hit. Either way, something went very wrong…

  2. This was a gentleman driving a bit too fast, losing control and hitting parked cars. He remained at scene, however. Our officers responded and completed sobriety tests, and the driver was found not to be under the influence.

    He did not have a valid license, though. It was revoked. His vehicle was impounded and he was released from the scene. He will likely be cited by traffic detectives following investigation.

    (213) 484-3400

  3. Wes, that’s my friend’s car. It took a pathetic 3 hours (inferior service at its best) for the Cops to arrive, so you’ll never know if he was Drunk, most likely he was. Furthermore, he hit 2 cars, and the driver is from Texas. I am so glad, that his car flipped, because he would have left the scene. No doubt about that.

  4. Wes– thanks so much for the update. We really appreciate your responsiveness on this site.

    Citizen– I understand your frustration with the slow police response. The good news — emt and fire were there in minutes. So part of the system worked. The police probably didn’t consider the accident as high a priority.

  5. Looking at the call comments and statistics, four calls were received at 12:53 a.m., and it was dispatched over Rampart and Central Traffic Division’s frequencies at the same time. No units were available. LAFD responded quickly, as they are not tied to our call load.

    At 1:25 a.m., LAFD requested the ETA of our units. A unit was assigned, but then re-routed toa domestic violence call. At 2:15 a.m., an LAPD unit arrived. Not a response time about which to boast, but not quite three hours. I extend to Citizen my regrets that the response was delayed in that manner, but in the process of prioritization, a traffic collision with no major injuries ranks lower than other in-progress crimes. At that time of night, there were nine two-officer cars in the field.

    (213) 484-3400

  6. Wes, thanks for the reply and your time. There is not many people like you. My best regards.

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