September 4, 2011 – According to reports, there was a man burned to death in South Los Angeles 110 Freeway DUI crash, when an alleged drunk driver caused a collision that turned into a fiery death for a disabled motorist. According to the California Highway Patrol an 18 year old driver of a Smart Car caused a collision that resulted in the death of a 44 year old Paramount man. The collision occurred at approximately 2:40 a.m. on the 110 Freeway, when the 18 year old driver swerved across the solid white line, when a car slowed down in front of him.
The Smart Car driver struck the back of a 1971 Monte Carlo that was on the shoulder, causing it to strike the three occupants of the vehicle that were standing outside of the car after it broke down. A 44 year old man from the Monte Carlo became trapped under the vehicle, where he burned to death when both vehicles burst into flames from the impact, according to the California Highway Patrol officials.
The two other men that were injured included a 47 year old man from Wilmington that paramedics transported to USC Medical Center, where he was listed in critical condition with burns to his face and arms, and a broken pelvis. The other man identified as a 19 year old from Compton, complained of pain in both legs and was transported by paramedics to California Hospital Medical Center.
According to the California Highway Patrol the 18 year old driver of the Smart Car was arrested at the scene of the crash on suspicion of driving under the influence and second degree murder. California Highway Patrol officials stated the teen was booked at the LAPD Parker Center. The teen driver sustained an abrasion to his shoulder from the seatbelt and refused to be transported to the hospital for medical treatment.