A woman suspected of driving under the influence of alcohol was arrested for her role in causing a fatal accident Monday night in Northridge.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department’s Valley Traffic Division, the crash took place just after 9:30 p.m. near the intersection of Parthenia Street and Corbin Avenue, where a Ford Explorer traveling east on Parthenia drifted into oncoming lanes.
After crossing over the double yellow line and into the westbound lanes, the wayward SUV collided with an approaching Honda Civic, destroying the right side of the vehicle.
The collision sent the SUV swerving off the road and into an iron fence in front of a residential building, where the vehicle came to rest. No one in the building was hurt in the crash.
There were two occupants inside the Civic at the time of the accident, an 18 year old male driver, and his 25 year old sister in the passenger seat, who was killed in the initial impact. An initial investigation into the accident revealed that both were wearing seatbelts at the time of the crash.
The teenaged driver, and the driver from the Explorer, a 50 year old woman whose identity has not been released, were rushed to a nearby hospital, but were released.
After leaving the hospital, the woman was then arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence, and she now faces charges of vehicular manslaughter.
A full investigation into the accident is still ongoing. Police are questioning both drivers in the crash and witnesses who were at the scene. Multiple lanes of Parthenia Street were closed down to allow for cleanup crews to sweep up the broken mess of car parts, and for investigators to look for any other potential factors that could have led to the accident.
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