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1 killed, 1 hospitalized in suspected DUI crash in Van Nuys

Firefighters are seen at the scene of a crash on Van Nuys Boulevard in Van Nuys that killed a female passenger and hospitalized the driver on Saturday, Feb. 16, 2013. Officials said alcohol and high speeds are to blame.

February 16, 2013 12:00:00 AM PST
A female passenger is dead and a 22-year-old driver is hospitalized after a high-speed crash in Van Nuys. .

The one-vehicle crash occurred on Van Nuys Boulevard near Friar Street around 1:30 a.m. Saturday.

According to police, the car was traveling northbound on Sylvan Street and whizzed by a patrol unit just before losing control. The car struck a curb and was then propelled into a palm tree before slamming into a store.

The woman in the backseat of the car was killed on impact. The driver was ejected into the store and flew into the business' glass window. He was transported to a nearby hospital where he underwent surgery.

Police have ruled alcohol as a factor in the fatal crash. The driver will be booked for manslaughter upon his release from the hospital.