2 innocent victims killed in South LA hit-and-run after suspects flee from attempted traffic stop

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Friday, August 19, 2022
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Two innocent victims were killed in a hit-and-run crash after a driver sped away from an attempted traffic stop in South Los Angeles, police said.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- Two innocent victims were killed in a hit-and-run crash Friday morning after a driver sped away from an attempted traffic stop in South Los Angeles, police said.

The four-vehicle crash -- involving three cars and a semitruck -- happened shortly after 4 a.m. at the intersection of Manchester Avenue and Broadway, according to the Los Angeles Police Department.

Officers had attempted to pull over the suspects' green Cadillac after seeing it speeding westbound on Manchester but the driver refused to stop, an LAPD spokesperson said.

The collision happened shortly afterward, when the vehicle ran a red light and collided with the others, police said. The force of the impact pushed the victims' car into the semitruck.

A man and woman were pronounced dead at the scene. They were identified only as being in their 30s.

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"It's horrible," Officer Jeffrey Lee, an LAPD spokesman, told reporters at the scene. He said the victims were simply "driving down the street at 4 in the morning. That's like a lot of us, right? Going to work, getting our day started.

"You're obeying all the traffic laws, you have a green light -- and the next thing you know, your life ends."

Others involved in the collision were not seriously injured.

The three suspects fled on foot but were later taken into custody, police said. Their identities were not immediately released.