Mother Working 3 Jobs Including as Ride-Share Driver Killed in South LA Crash

A mother working three jobs, including as an Uber and Lyft driver, was killed and her passenger critically injured in a crash early Saturday in Arlington Heights.

The other driver involved in the crash ran away from the wreck, but was later arrested hours later. 

The two-vehicle crash occurred after 3:45 a.m. at Arlington Avenue and Martin Luther King Jr. Boulevard, according to Los Angeles Fire Department Batallion Chief Steve Skelly.

The Uber and Lyft driver was identified by family as 52-year-old Folesha Parker-Iverson. 

Both occupants, Parker-Iverson and her passenger, were trapped in the dark-colored car for several minutes.

The mother died at the scene and the other woman was taken to the hospital with critical injuries, Skelly said.

Chales Parker and Ryandi Iverson, her two young daughters, say their mother worked three jobs as a counselor technician at A.B. Miller High School in Fontana and as an Uber and Lyft driver every day of the week. 

Their mother's death comes not long after they lost their father to lung cancer. 

"God chooses people like he chooses flowers," Parker said. "He picks the prettiest ones. The ones that are ready, that are bloomed. The ones that he wants for his bouquet. So it's like she was one of the flowers he picked." 

What led up to the crash is still under investigation.

The driver of the silver sedan faces felony hit-and-run charges, police said. 

Several streets, including Arlington Avenue and Martin Luther King Boulevard, were closed during the investigation. 

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