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Marine suspected of drunk driving crashes in Reseda, killing woman and seriously injuring her grandson, 5

July 18, 2010 | 12:39 pm

A 51-year-old woman was killed early Sunday in Reseda and her 5-year-old grandson was in serious condition after a 23-year-old Marine suspected of drunk driving crashed his SUV into their car, police said.

Chandrika De Silva, her husband and their grandson were inside a black Toyota Prius that pulled up to a residence on Strathern Street, just west of Wilbur Avenue about 2 a.m., Los Angeles Police Officer Mary Brady said. De Silva’s husband, the driver, went to unlock the gated driveway of a residence while De Silva got out of the car to tend to her grandson.

At that moment, a Jeep Cherokee traveling east on Strathern crashed into the back of the Prius which was partially in the street, striking De Silva and causing her grandson to be ejected, Brady said.

De Silva was pronounced dead at the scene. Los Angeles firefighters airlifted the boy from nearby Cleveland High School to Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. He suffered from blunt force trauma to the body and lacerations.

The driver was arrested and taken to Van Nuys jail. He suffered minor abrasions.

No other information was given.

-- Corina Knoll

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