Distracted driving and speed can be a deadly combination while driving. The Los Angeles Police Department says that it may have been what contributed to the deaths of two people who were were killed in a two-vehicle collision in Gardena near the 91 Freeway exit ramp early Sunday morning.
According to the report appearing on the KTLA website, the fatal crash happened at approximately 12:45 a.m. at the intersection of Vermont Avenue and Artesia Boulevard. Investigators with the LAPD stated to reporters that a black 2016 Tesla exited the Freeway at the Artesia Boulevard off-ramp at a high rate of speed, running a red light and crashed into a black 2006 Honda Civic.
The driver of the Honda was making a left turn on to Artesia Boulevard when their vehicle was broadsided by the speeding Tesla.
Good Samaritans in the area at the time that either heard or saw the crash attempted to lend a hand until emergency crews arrived at the scene. Two people that had been inside of the Honda Civic, a 40-year-old man and a 39-year-old woman, were pronounced dead at the scene. Their names have not been released pending notification of family members.
Two people who were inside the Tesla were transported to the hospital for treatment of non-life-threatening injuries. No charges have been filed in the case. The accident is still under investigation by the LAPD.