Driver going more than 50 mph in fatal Echo Park crash, police say


ECHO PARK — The car that struck and killed two elderly women earlier this month was traveling more than 50 miles per hour when the driver lost control of the vehicle, police said.

The preliminary main cause of the deadly Nov. 20 crash is speed, said Officer Ed McGowan with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. He had no further details at this time.

The driver of a silver Mustang was headed eastbound on Sunset when he tried to pass a vehicle and lost control of his car as it approached corner of Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue. The Mustang veered on to sidewalk, where it struck three women, two of whom died at the scene.

The county coroner had identified the fatalities as 81-year-old Josie De Silva Arevalo and 78-year-old Consuelo Tan Soson. Both women were from Los Angeles.

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  1. Tragic loss of life because dude needed to speed.
    Needs to be charged with vehicular manslaughter, at the very least.

  2. rip to the lolas

  3. longing for decency

    I live near this intersection and pass it every day, twice a day, to take my kid to school. Every day, someone tails me and becomes furious that I am not driving more than 40 MPH, when in fact, the posted speed limit is 35. This morning, a woman tailed me, shaking her fist, then sped past, on the right, at exactly that corner where those poor women died. People have become real monsters behind the wheels of their cars, but surely this is also an issue of traffic management by the city. They must find a way to slow people down on this section of Sunset. There is no regard for human life here. Many pedestrians, and some drivers, have died in this four block curved section of Sunset, near Alvarado, over the last 12 years I’ve lived in the area. Please someone who knows how to make changes, make them. On average, all of the traffic here is flowing WAY TOO FAST, even as people do not get anywhere faster, because the lights are timed. They want to feel they are trying to get somewhere faster, and they don’t care about safety.

    • Agree with you 100%. This time the driver ended up crashing into a bus stop, and tragically killing two people while injuring another. Next time it could be a busy store, with many more people or animals involved (both the pet shop and Mohawk Veterinary Hospital are very close by.) Also, Rosemount School is a short distance from Sunset and there tend to be many parents and children on the street during morning and dismissal times.

  4. @longing for decency… You’re right, we’ve had a lot of accidents on this strip of Sunset Blvd in the past years. They need to do something about it. Also I noticed some people crossing across the Fire Station to Mohawk Bend where there is no pedestrian crossing area. One of the women was my mom’s friend who was supposed to spend Thanksgiving with us and they had plans to go to the casino the day after. Just breaks my heart. This crazy mofo driver should get what he deserves!!

  5. NeighborhoodSniper

    You know what they say…. SPEED KILLS!

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