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Motorist arrested for death of two people in Skid Row

October 28, 2012 | 11:53 am

Photo: FIrefighters extinguish flames on the burning car in downtown L.A. Credit: KTLA-TVA 19-year-old motorist was arrested early Sunday after she struck and killed a man and woman sleeping on a sidewalk in downtown Los Angeles, authorities said.

Carmen Elena Chavez, 19, lost control of her 1989 Mercedes-Benz shortly after midnight when she hit the victims on Crocker Street as she tried to make a right turn at an unsafe speed, said Officer Venus Hall of the Los Angeles Police Department. The incident took place near East Fourth street in downtown's Skid Row area.

Chavez allegedly was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time, Hall said. Chavez was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, she said.  

The two unidentified victims were pronounced dead at the scene, Hall said. No other information on the victims was immediately available.


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Photo: Firefighters extinguish flames on the burning car in downtown L.A. Credit: KTLA-TV