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Man held on suspicion of murder in Lincoln Heights crash [Corrected]

January 16, 2011 |  1:24 pm

An early morning single-car crash on Sunday killed one passenger and injured two others in Lincoln Heights. The driver, who lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree, was arrested on suspicion of murder, police said.

The driver, Peter Barragon, 24, also received minor injuries in the crash that occurred at 12:20 a.m. on Valley Boulevard, near Main Street.  Barragon was westbound on Valley Boulevard when he failed to negotiate a turn, hitting a curb and colliding with a tree, causing his 2007 Saturn Aura to overturn, according to Los Angeles Police Det. Michael Kaden.

Alyssa Leon, 21, of Paramount, suffered blunt-force injuries and was pronounced dead at the scene. [Corrected at 11:01 a.m. Jan. 17: An earlier version of this post said Leon's first name was Alicia.]
An earlier version of this post identified the victim as Korina Caballos, 21, due to an error in a press release from the Los Angeles Police Department.]

Barragon and two other passengers were transported to Los Angeles County-USC Medical Center and treated for minor injuries.

Police said Barragon was intoxicated and had at least one previous arrest for allegedly driving under the influence.


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