Car slams into North Hills bus stop; man killed

A car slammed into a bus stop in North Hills on Tuesday, June 17, 2014, killing one man and injuring two others.
A car slammed into a bus stop in North Hills on Tuesday, killing one man and injuring two others.

Authorities say the three-vehicle accident happened near the intersection of Sepulveda Boulevard and Parthenia Street at about 10:45 a.m.

Police say a man sitting on the bus bench was killed. The impact of the collision was so strong and violent, the bus benches were ripped from the concrete, and the victim landed on the shrubbery about 40 to 50 feet away. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

An adult female at the bus stop was rushed to a local hospital in serious condition. An eyewitness, who only wanted to be identified as John, says he heard her screaming for help after injuring her leg.

The driver of the vehicle was also transported in unknown condition.

Desard Maine says he was coming out of the 7-Eleven convenience store across the street, when he saw a Chevrolet Camaro spinning out of control.

"I heard the screeching first, and then I looked and there was just a big crash," Maine said.

John also heard the collision. He says he ran after the car started heading toward him.

"My first instinct was as I was running, I threw my bag like a couple feet, and then I end up just barely grazing where the bumper is, the front bumper with the grill, I kind of just jumped over it," John said.

The car was heading southbound on Sepulveda Boulevard when "it collided with a vehicle exiting a parking lot from a business," LAPD Capt. Maureen Ryan said. "That vehicle continued out of control and collided with another vehicle, and then ran off the roadway sideways, continuing in the southwest direction, and hit the two bus benches that were bolted down."

The identity of the man killed in the collision has not been released pending notification of kin.

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