Woman Killed, Teen Hospitalized in Deadly West LA Crash
One driver is dead, and the other driver hospitalized after a February 17 rush-hour crash in West Los Angeles. The accident may have involved street drag racing.
The fatal collision occurred in the intersection of Olympic Boulevard and Overland Avenue at 5:15 p.m. that Wednesday evening. The impact trapped the victim, later identified as Monique Munoz, 32, in her vehicle. She was deemed “beyond medical help” and pronounced dead at the scene by the LA Fire Department, which arrived at 5:48 p.m.
The teenage male driver was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. He was later released after treatment for minor head injuries.
According to aerial footage captured by a local TV news station, both vehicles sustained damage, but one was crushed completely. Munoz was driving a Lexus, while the teenager was behind the wheel of a Lamborghini. She was on her way home from work at the time of the crash.
Remembered for Kindness
At a candlelit vigil for Munoz, friends remembered the young woman as kind and committed to her family. She was working as a receptionist and dreamed of going to law school. A GoFundMe page had been set up to help her family with expenses.
No Charges Filed
To date, no charges have been filed against the teen driver. Munoz’s family says they want the driver to face criminal charges in the death of their loved one, described as the “heart and happiness” of her family.
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