ECHO PARK — Police have released a few more details about Sunday’s fatal crash that left two elderly women dead. But the cause of the crash has yet to be determined.
The two women, ages 78 and 81, suffered blunt force trauma to the head and body after being struck by a silver Mustang as they stood near a bus stop at the corner of Sunset Boulevard and Rosemont Avenue, according to a police department press release. The women, who are believed to have lived nearby, were thrown more than 25 feet across Rosemont, where they died at the scene. An official with the coroner’s office said this morning that the victims’ names are being withheld until next of kin have been notified.
A third female pedestrian, a 51-year-old female who was pulled out from underneath the vehicle by officers, is in stable condition with multiple fractures to both legs.
The driver of the vehicle, 46-year-old Bryan Gin, was transported to a hospital to be treated for his injuries, said Officer Ed McGowan with the LAPD Central Traffic Division. However, McGowan said he did not have information about the nature of the man’s injuries.
Gin was driving eastbound on Sunset when he tried to pass a vehicle and apparently lost control, according to preliminary information provided by Jonathan Tom, acting commanding officer of the Central Traffic Division. The Mustang swerved on to the sidewalk, where it struck struck a lamppost, sheared off a fire hydrant and hit the three female pedestrians.
There have been some news reports that said excessive speed has been blamed for the crash. But McGowan said that the cause has not be determined, and the case remains under investigation.
On Monday morning, crews were working to repair the broken lamppost as water bubbled from a hole where the fire hydrant once stood. Across Rosemont, amid bits of glass and a broken umbrella, a small memorial, consisting of candles, flowers, and a container of food and slices of bread wrapped in paper, were placed near the scene of the crash.
Anyone with further information about this incident is asked to call Central Traffic Detectives, Officer Robert Palma or Officer McGowan at (213) 833-3713.
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