Mother, Youth Football Coach Killed After Suspected DUI Crash in South LA

An emotional vigil was held Sunday night after two people, including a youth football coach, were killed and multiple others injured as a suspected drunk driver crashed into a minivan and then onto a pedestrian in South Los Angeles early Sunday morning, police confirmed.

One of the victims was identified as William Walker, a youth football coach from Bell Gardens, according to the coroner's office.

Members of the team and community gathered Sunday night, lighting candles to pay respect to the coach, as well as the mother who was killed. 

The crash was reported just before 12:30 a.m. near the intersection of Slauson and Normandie avenues, officials said.

The driver of a sedan was going southbound on Normandie Avenue at a high rate of speed when it collided with a minivan carrying a mother, father and three children, Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Darryl Martin said.

The force of the collision caused the driver of the sedan to continue south on Normandie Avenue when it struck a pedestrian on West 59th Place before it crashed into six parked motorcycles and into a business, Martin said. The pedestrian died at the scene.

Six other people were transported to a hospital, including the mother in the minivan. Officials confirmed the mother later died. The father and children sustained minor injuries.

Witnesses described the scene as very traumatic.

"I heard a big boom coming by and you kind of felt it in our body that this boom hit and then you hear another boom all of a sudden," said Maria Rodruiguez.

The driver of the sedan was arrested on suspicion of driving under the influence and was not injured.

Normandie Avenue was closed from Slauson Avenue to West 59th Street for an unknown duration of time.

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