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Driver Kills 1, Injures 8 in Wreck

A recent horrific collision in North Hills that resulted in one death and eight injured persons, four of them children, resulted in a murder charge for the 20-year-old driver. She also faces other felony charges, as she is suspected of being involved in an earlier hit-and-run prior to the fatal accident.

Those charges include operating a motor vehicle without a valid driver’s license, hit-and-run that caused the injury, gross vehicular manslaughter, reckless driving and DUI of a drug resulting in injury.

Killed in the crash was the father to three of the children injured in the deadly collision that occurred on Sunday, April 17, at approximately 11:30 a.m.

She was arrested two days after the crash and is incarcerated with a bond of $2 million.

According to authorities, events unfolded when the woman, who was driving a Toyota 4Runner, first collided with another vehicle around Parthenia Street and Sepulveda Boulevard. She left the accident scene at a high rate of speed and struck a Toyota Sienna minivan where Haskell Avenue intersects with Parthenia Street. There were four children and two adults in the minivan.

The crash impact was so severe that the minivan flipped; several occupants were ejected. All were transported to a nearby hospital. Two children, aged 10 and 8, were in critical condition; the father passed away from his injuries at the hospital.

The driver of the 4Runner and her passengers were also treated at a local hospital. The female driver had a broken arm and internal injuries.

The lives of that family will forever be disrupted. There is no balm that will ease their pain, and while seeing the other driver punished for her actions may bring closure, it won’t provide financial assistance to the family the father leaves behind.

That type of justice must be pursued in the civil court system of California, but there are time restrictions involved. A personal injury attorney can provide guidance in such cases.

Source: ABC 7 Eyewitness News, “Woman charged w/murder, other felonies in fatal North Hills crash,” April 20, 2016