Driver Arrested After Crash That Killed 6-Year-Old Passenger

Witnesses told police the driver was weaving through traffic before he crashed into a light pole

By Toni Guinyard and Jonathan Lloyd
|  Thursday, Feb 28, 2013  |  Updated 9:06 PM PDT
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A violent single car crash Wednesday night in Inglewood left a 6-year-old boy dead. Witnesses saw the car careen out of control at speeds reaching 70 miles per hour, and a memorial is growing where the car slammed into a lightpole. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013.

Gordon Tokumatsu

A violent single car crash Wednesday night in Inglewood left a 6-year-old boy dead. Witnesses saw the car careen out of control at speeds reaching 70 miles per hour, and a memorial is growing where the car slammed into a lightpole. Gordon Tokumatsu reports from Inglewood for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Feb. 28, 2013.

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Boy Killed in Crash, Driver Arrested

A boy who was a passenger in a car that witnesses said was traveling at excessive speed before it crashed died at a hospital. Toni Guinyard reports for Today in LA on Thursday Feb. 28. 2013.
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Police arrested a driver after his 6-year-old passenger was killed Wednesday night in a crash that witnesses said occurred as the driver weaved through traffic at a high rate of speed on an Inglewood street.

The driver crashed into a light pole at about 7:30 p.m. near Prairie and Grace avenues near St. Mary's Academy (map), according to police.

The vehicle was northbound on Prairie Avenue when the driver hit a curb on the east side of the street, crossed four lanes and struck the light pole, police said. The boy, who was in a child restraint seat in the back seat of the car, was partially ejected from the vehicle.

The boy and man were transported to a hospital, where the boy was pronounced dead.

Witnesses told police the driver was weaving through traffic and traveling at an excessive rate of speed. The posted speed limit in the area is 40 mph.

Police identified the driver as Kimdrick Estrada. He will be booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment and driver without a license, according to police.

He remained hospitalized Thursday morning.

The relationship between the two vehicle occupants was not immediately determined, but police described the man as a friend of the victim's mother.

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