ECHO PARK — Two women were killed this morning after they were struck by a vehicle at Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue, according to the L.A. Fire Department.
The two female pedestrians were declared dead at the scene of the crash that took place at about 9:25 a.m. Two other persons, a third pedestrian and the driver of the vehicle, were transported to a hospital, according to the LAFD.
The single vehicle also struck a street light and fire hydrant. A photo posted on Instagram showed a geyser of water at the corner of Rosemont and Sunset Boulevard.
Update @1:57 pm: The driver of a silver Mustang was heading eastbound on Sunset when he tried to pass a vehicle and apparently lost control, according to preliminary information provided by Jonathan Tom, acting commanding officer of the LAPD Central Traffic Division. The Mustang swerved on to the sidewalk at the southwest corner of Sunset and Rosemont, where it struck struck a lamppost, sheared off a fire hydrant and hit three female pedestrians standing near a bus stop.
The two victims who died, described as female Asians who are believed to have lived nearby, were thrown more than 25 feet across Rosemont, where their bodies lay under a tent as the investigation continued. The third victim, a Latina who is in stable condition, was pulled out from underneath the vehicle by police officers, Tom said.
The driver, a male Asian, was trapped in the vehicle until he was extricated by firefighters. He survived the crash and was transported to a hospital.
It does not appear that the driver was impaired by alcohol or drugs, Tom said. Witnesses told police that it seemed like the motorist was driving a “little too fast” but Tom said he had no information about the speed of the vehicle at the time of the crash.
“At this point this looks like a tragic accident” but investigators have not yet made a final determination, Tom said.
Update @ 11:21 am: Sunset remains closed between Alvarado and Coronado as police conduct their investigation. A silver Mustang is up on the sidewalk at the scene of the crash at the southwest corner of Sunset and Rosemont.
— RMG News (@RMGNews) November 20, 2016
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