Mother's Day Auto vs Ped Incident Results in 2 Fatalities

Sunday, May 13, 2007 |

On Sunday, May 13, 2007 at 7:09 AM, 5 Companies of Los Angeles Firefighters, 7 LAFD Rescue Ambulances, 3 EMS Battalion Captains and 1 Battalion Chief Officer Command Team all under the direction of Battalion Chief Kwame Cooper responded to an Auto vs. Pedestrian at 999 W. Century Bl. in the South Los Angeles area.

Responding to a frantic 911 call forwarded through the OCD Dispatch Center, the men and women of the Los Angeles Fire Department arrived on the scene of a multi patient car accident, car into a bus bench. One female, 20 - 30 years old, was initially the only fatality at the scene of this incident. A quick and thorough assessment of the remaining victims, found one elderly female partially underneath the vehicle, pinned into the wrought iron fence of the auto repair business located directly behind the bus bench. The elderly patient was extricated and assessed with severe leg trauma. The two female victims were selling Mother's Day gift baskets at the time of the incident.

Also dispatched to the incident was a Los Angeles County Engine and a private ambulance, who transported the next critically injured male patient to an area trauma hospital. The extent of his injuries are unknown at this time. A family member, a 20 year old male suffered severe head trauma with agonal respirations, finally succumbed to his injuries shortly after arriving at the local trauma hospital.

The two remaining males, 19 and 21 were transported with minor injuries. Century Boulevard was shut down until the completion of the Police Department investigation and the body removal by the Coroner's office.

Submitted by d'Lisa Davies
Los Angeles Fire Department


Jenny said...

Where exactly did this happen? There were fire trucks and police cars all over Sanborn Ave. and Del Mar yesterday afternoon & evening and we are still wondering what was going on...?

LAFD Media and Public Relations said...


Thanks for the note.

Our most commonly used LAFD blog message format will include the incident address in the final sentence of the first paragraph.

In this case, 999 West Century Boulevard, which is many miles from Sanborn Avenue and Del Mar Avenue.

Many are surprised to learn that on any given day, the LAFD responds nearly 2,000 times to help their neighbors in need.

As such, our leanly staffed office (only one person on duty) can't share more than a fraction of the newsworthy events that take place.

Though there were no significant Fire Department incidents in the neighborhood you mention, our personnel did stand by for a Police specific matter nearby.

As Firefighters, we regretfully cannot share information regarding Law Enforcement matters and must politely direct you to our friends at the LAPD for details of what was a relatively common event.

In closing, please know that *at the conclusion* of any incident in your neighborhood, you are always welcome to approach any member of our Department and ask to be guided to the 'Incident Commander', typically a Chief Officer.

If that Chief Officer (at the conclusion of the emergency event) cannot personally assist you, he or she will be pleased to introduce you to an LAFD staff member or resource - or in this case a Police Officer in charge, who may either answer your question directly or refer you to an official source of information.

Jenny, I hope this helps.

Respectfully Yours in Safety and Service,

Brian Humphrey
Public Service Officer
Los Angeles Fire Department

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