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Coroner identifies driver of lunch truck killed in crash

March 23, 2012 |  8:24 am

The Los Angeles County coroner’s office has identified the driver of a lunch truck killed when she collided with a car making a turn in front of her this week.

Elba Elizabeth Escobar, 55, of Los Angeles, died from injuries in the crash that took place shortly before 3 p.m. Tuesday at the intersection of Washington Boulevard and Union Avenue in the Pico-Union neighborhood.

Police said Escobar was headed east on Washington in her lunch truck with another family member in the cab. She was struck by a Mercedes traveling in the opposite direction turning left onto Union.

The truck rolled over, trapping Escobar inside. Paramedics took her to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead, according to a police report.

Escobar’s relative and the Mercedes driver were taken to the hospital with non-life-threatening injuries.

Police had not determined the exact cause of the collision Thursday, but were investigating the possibility that one of the drivers ran a red light. Neither drugs nor alcohol appeared to be a factor in the crash, police said.

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 -- Sam Quinones

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