Man, woman believed to be homeless killed when driver crashes into their tents in South LA

An LAPD spokesperson told Eyewitness News the woman was sleeping in her tent when she was killed.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2022 10:05PM
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A man and a woman believed to be homeless were killed Tuesday afternoon when a driver crashed into their tents in South Los Angeles.

SOUTH LOS ANGELES (KABC) -- A man and a woman believed to be homeless were killed Tuesday afternoon when a driver crashed into their tents in South Los Angeles, according to police.

It happened around 12:40 p.m. at 5200 Flower St. near Exposition Park.

A spokesperson with the Los Angeles Police Department told Eyewitness News the suspect hit a curb and drove into two tents.

"His car, according to witnesses, launched somewhat airborne ... when his car comes back down and lands in the street, he appears to lose control," said the spokesperson. "He ends up running off the roadway, going up over the curb, and into a homeless encampment."

Police said the man killed was inside one of the tents and the woman was in another tent next to it.

The LAPD spokesperson said the woman was sleeping when she was killed.

Police say the suspect tried to run away but was apprehended shortly after. Investigators don't believe the suspect knew the victims.

"Just tragic and real unfortunate," said the LAPD spokesperson. "These poor victims are really just minding their own business, you know? At home, basically in their tents. One's asleep and one's just resting."

Meanwhile, a witness told ABC7 she saw the suspect getting chased by police. She said the crash happened when he hit the corner.

Police said the suspect sustained minor injuries. He's likely facing manslaughter charges and possible murder charges, according to investigators.

This incident remains under investigation.