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Accidents on the 5 and 405 freeways kill two

A woman was killed and several people were injured Sunday when a car driven by a 15-year-old boy crashed on the 5 Freeway in Sun Valley.

The car, a 2003 Honda, was traveling south at about 70 mph when it rolled over and struck a utility pole near the Sunland Boulevard exit ramp at 12:15 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.

A 41-year-old woman who was thrown from the vehicle was taken to Holy Cross Medical Center, where she was pronounced dead.

Another passenger, a 72-year-old woman, was taken to Northridge Hospital Medical Center with moderate injuries. Two other people, a 21-year-old woman and 21-year-old man, received minor injuries, the CHP said.

The driver, from Lynwood, also suffered minor injuries. The circumstances of the accident were under investigation, authorities said. No names were released.

Also on Sunday, a 42-year-old West Hollywood man died when his 1998 Volkswagen Beetle veered off the northbound 405 Freeway and struck a concrete pillar.

The 4 a.m. accident occurred at the Howard Hughes Parkway exit near Culver City. The driver, whose identity was not released, was pronounced dead at the scene. The cause of the accident is under investigation, the CHP said.  


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-- Carla Rivera

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