Good Samaritan Rescues Infant, Mother Dies In Crash

A Good Samaritan rescued an infant from the wreckage of a violent crash that killed his mother along the 101 Freeway in East Hollywood earlier this week.

KTLA reports that the fatal crash happened on the night of Monday, November 9, in the northbound lanes of the 101 Freeway south of Santa Monica Boulevard when the driver lost control of the vehicle at approximately 9:30 p.m.

In a statement from the California Highway Patrol made to reporters, investigators say that the vehicle went over an off-ramp embankment during the crash. The car then went into a fence before crashing back onto the freeway. 

Emergency crews found the female driver trapped inside the vehicle and unresponsive. She was extricated from the wreckage of her car and was later pronounced dead at the scene. 

Members of the 23-year-old victim’s family have identified her as Arin Pugh.  

An eyewitness to the crash who only gave his name as Josiah said he was heading home when the collision occurred.  Josiah ran over to the crashed vehicle and heard a baby crying. 

“I opened the door. The baby was OK,” Josiah told reporters. 

At the scene, a CHP officer said that the 2-year-old baby, Jayden, was taken to Children’s Hospital in Los Angeles. He is reportedly being treated for a head injury. The victim’s Aunt, Alicia Carter, told reporters Jayden is expected to be OK.

Carter said she hopes Josiah will come forward so that the family can thank him. 

The accident is currently under investigation, and no other vehicles appear to have been involved in the fatal crash.

The California Highway Patrol asks anyone with any information to contact them at (213) 744-2331.

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