Girl killed and four other pedestrians injured in Boyle Heights crash

BOYLE HEIGHTS — An 11-year-old girl was killed and four others were injured Friday night after a Ford Mustang slammed into a parked car that jumped the curb and slammed into the pedestrians on the sidewalk, police said.

KTLA reported that the pedestrians were  near a sidewalk taco stand on Whittier Boulevard east of Marietta Street when the crash took place at about 7.05 p.m.

The 11-year-old victim, Elektra Yepez, died after being transported to a hospital, said a statement from the LAPD Central Traffic Division.  One the three other pedestrians taken to the hospital  sustained a fractured right wrist and right leg.  An additional victim who was struck by debris was treated at the scene.

The driver of the Mustang, Jose Louis Perez, was arrested for vehicular manslaughter, police said. A juvenile passenger  was arrested for possession of nitrous oxide.

Police said that that Perez was driving westbound on Whittier when his Mustang crossed over into opposing traffic lanes and collided with the front of a parked Nissan Sentra, which was shoved onto the sidewalk, striking the pedestrians.  The Mustang also crashed into a second parked vehicle, a Chevrolet Silverado, as it continued down Whittier Boulevard.

Anyone with information is asked to contact the LAPD Central Traffic Division Detectives at (213) 833-3713 or Detective DeHesa at (213) 486-0750 or Officer Eri Poss at (213) 486-0760 or Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 388-3746.   During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877- LAPD-24- 7 (877-527- 3247).  Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 1-800- 222-TIPS (800-222- 8477).


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