An 86-year-old woman was killed Saturday morning and two other people were hospitalized when an SUV crashed into a house in Baldwin Hills and severed a natural gas line.
Firefighters responded to the crash around 1:30 a.m. in the 3900 block of South Buckingham Road, said Los Angeles Fire Department spokesman Brian Humphrey.
The crash happened after a LAPD patrol car was rear-ended by the SUV driver at a red light. Officers got out to investigate, and the driver took off, police said.
The driver crashed a short time later.
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Two Los Angeles Police officers arrived at the house in an attempt to rescue two residents who were trapped inside the residence, Humphrey said. There was no fire.
The 86-year-old woman identified as Aida Villavicencio was pronounced dead at the scene.
"A second male victim was transported to a local hospital with head trauma in critical condition," according to the authorities.
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The suspect, 26-year-old Eliseo Ixchopcalel, was taken into custody and was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
"I can't imagine -- middle of the night in my bed," said long-time resident Alesha Manson.
The police officers sustained minor injuries but declined to be taken to a hospital.