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Mom, 2 kids killed by wrong-way driver in Hollywood, police say

August 29, 2012 |  1:07 pm

A mother and her two children were killed Wednesday when a wrong-way driver crashed into her minivan at a Hollywood intersection, authorities said.

The 40-year-old man was driving north on Highland Avenue crossing Willoughby Avenue at 7:20 a.m., when he veered into the opposite side of the road against oncoming traffic and hit the van, officials said.

The vehicle carrying the 25-year-old woman and her two daughters, 4 and 8, then struck a light pole, officials said.

The unidentified man was sent to a hospital in critical condition.

"We don't know why the car veered off. Who knows?" Los Angeles Police Department spokesman Bruce Borihanh said. "But from what we know, there are no [faulty traffic] lights involved."

Police are continuing to investigate the cause of the accident.

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