One Killed in Head-On Crash With DUI Suspect Who Left Traffic Stop in Gardena

An innocent driver identified as a man in his 60s was struck by a DUI suspect at a Gardena intersection late Tuesday.

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A DUI suspect who sped away from a traffic stop crashed into another car at a nearby intersection, killing its driver in a head-on crash Tuesday night in Gardena.

The crash was reported at about 10:30 p.m. near the intersection of Artesia Boulevard and Western Avenue. It occurred shortly after police stopped a reckless driver.

The driver left the traffic stop at high speed as officers approached, then crashed into a sedan, police said. The sedan driver, identified as a man in his 60s, died at the scene.

Details about the victim’s identity were not immediately available. 

A 19-year-old man -- the driver of the other car -- was arrested on suspicion of DUI, grand theft auto, evading and vehicular manslaughter. He was hospitalized, but details about his condition were not immediately available.

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