A food truck driver was killed and two other people suffered major injuries Tuesday when the truck collided with a Mercedes in the Pico-Union area of central Los Angeles.
• A food truck crashed into a Mercedes that turned left in its path.
• The truck overturned and the driver was killed.
• A passenger in the truck and the driver of the Mercedes were hospitalized with serious injuries.
• Police are investigating the possibility that one of the vehicles may have run a red light.
Officials from the Los Angeles Police Department said 55-year-old Los Angeles resident Elba Escobar was driving a 1984 GMC catering truck eastbound on Washington Boulevard when a westbound 1991 Mercedes-Benz turned left in the truck’s path. The food truck crashed into the Mercedes.
“Food and debris were scattered everywhere,” LAPD Central Traffic Division Sgt. Larry Delgado told LA Weekly.
The impact sent the truck out of control and it hit a stoplight pole and a fence before it overturned. Some reports said that Escobar was trapped in her truck, but Delgado told the Weekly she was ejected from the vehicle.
Escobar was declared dead at a hospital, the Daily News reported. Her 38-year-old female passenger suffered moderate injuries and was taken to a hospital to be treated.
The 61-year-old man who was driving the Mercedes suffered a head injury and was taken to a hospital. Police told the Daily News that the head injury was not life-threatening. No information about the severity of the man’s injury or his condition thereafter was immediately available.
Police officials are investigating the possibility that one of the vehicles may have run a red light. They have not yet determined who was at fault.
Occupants of both cars were severely impacted by the accident and damage was extensive to both vehicles. If the Mercedes ran the light, the driver could be held responsible for the death of the food truck driver. If the truck ran the light, her insurance could he held responsible for the injuries of both her passenger and the Mercedes driver. There are numerous possibilities involved in this case.
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