Three Dead, Two Critically Injured After Crash Into Attenuator Barrels

A crash along the Harbor Freeway near the 105 Freeway interchange in the Vermont Vista neighborhood of Los Angeles early Monday morning has left three people dead and two others critically injured.

My News LA reports that the fatal crash happened at approximately 12:14 a.m.  A young woman and two teens were killed when a 2009 Nissan Altima drifted off the pavement and crashed into several attenuator barrels within the gore point.   

According to a statement given by California Highway Patrol Officer K. Martinez, the initial investigation showed that the gray Nissan had been traveling around 70 miles per hour when it hit the barrels.  These barrels are put in place to prevent motorists from drifting into the opposite lane and causing a crash.

The force of the impact caused two female passengers inside the Nissan to be ejected from the vehicle.  First responders arrived on the scene and pronounced the 17-year-old male driver, Luis Diel Quinonez,  a 19-year-old female passenger dead at the scene.  A 17-year-old female passenger was transported to Harbor UCLA Medical Center, where she was later pronounced dead. 

Two other passengers were critically injured and were also rushed to Harbor UCLA Medical Center.  Their identities and current condition were not released at the time of the report.

Investigators with the CHP say that three of the teens in the vehicle had not been wearing seatbelts.   Heavy fog along with excessive speed is believed to have been contributing factors in the fatal crash.

The southbound Harbor Freeway and the westbound 105 Freeway were shut down for approximately 4 hours while the crash was investigated, and CalTrans workers repaired the damaged attenuators.  

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