Driver Killed After Careening Into Hancock Park Home, Sparking Fire; Street Racing May Be To Blame
LOS ANGELES (CBSLA) – Street racing may be to blame after a driver was killed when a car slammed into a home in the Hancock Park neighborhood of Los Angeles late Thursday night, sparking a fire.
The crash occurred at about 11:30 p.m. in the 200 block of South Rimpau Boulevard.
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Two cars were traveling east on 3rd Street, possibly racing, when the driver of one of them, a Mercedes, lost control, according to Los Angeles police Capt. Brian Wendling. The Mercedes hit a curb and the launched into the air and struck a tree adjacent to the garage of the home.
The car, tree and garage all caught fire. Los Angeles Fire Department crews were called to the scene to extinguish the blaze.
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The driver, a man believed to be in his early 20s, died at the scene. The family inside the home was not hurt. Wendling said a little girl had stepped out of her bedroom, which is near the garage, prior to the collision.
Police are still searching for the second car that was involved in the street race.
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The home has been yellow tagged due to structure concerns. City inspectors will come out Friday to examine it.