Late last month, three people were killed in a Southern California car accident involving three vehicles, one of which belonged to an off-duty LAPD officer. According to a local news report covering the tragic accident, the collision occurred on the southbound 605, in West Whittier, just south of Saragosa Street.
Evidently, the off-duty police officer was driving a sports car in the carpool lane of the southbound 605 when he rear-ended a Nissan that was in the adjacent lane. The officer’s vehicle then continued into the next lane, where it struck a Scion. The Nissan caught fire after the impact, and the occupants were unable to escape. Emergency responders pronounced all three occupants dead at the scene. The other driver involved suffered only minor injuries.
Responding police officers noticed that it looked as though the off-duty officer had been drinking, and he was arrested and required to submit to chemical testing. Accident reconstructionists have begun an investigation into the fatal collision, and they believe that the Nissan and Scion were both traveling at approximately 65 miles per hour at the time of the collision. Investigators have not yet determined how fast the off-duty officer’s vehicle was traveling.