A 29-year-old woman from Laguna Beach was killed early Sunday after the Mini Cooper she was riding in was slammed from behind by a car going freeway speed in the Sepulveda Pass.
The woman, whose name was not released, died at the nearby Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center.
She had been a passenger in a Mini Cooper that had come to a stop for unknown reasons on the northbound San Diego (405) Freeway at Moraga Drive, north of Sunset Boulevard.
The small car was stopped in the number three lane, with its lights out, when it was hit by behind by a Nissan Sentra, which had been going about 65 miles per hour.
Firefighters and paramedics dispatched at 12:34 a.m.and took three people to the UCLA hospital. Two were critical and one was in fair condition, said Amy Bastman of the Los Angeles Fire Department.
But one of the critically injured later died from her injuries at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, the California Highway Patrol reported. She had been a passenger in the Mini Cooper.
The driver of the Mini Cooper, a 26-year-old man from Simi Valley and the motorist in the Nissan Sentra, a 47-year-old man from Ventura, were rushed with major injuries to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. The motorist in the Nissan was the only person inside his car.
A SigAlert was issued at 12:40 a.m.for the northbound closure at Sunset Boulevard, and it was cancelled at 2:35 a.m., the California Highway Patrol reported.