Motorist arrested after deadly Winnetka high-speed crash, police say

A motorist was arrested Thursday in connection with a high-speed, three-car crash that left a woman dead and two others injured, police said.

Miguel Mejia, a 28-year-old Northridge resident, was hospitalized for severe injuries and detained in connection with the woman’s death, according to the Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Division.

The crash occurred about 2:05 a.m. on a wide stretch of Roscoe Boulevard near Irondale Avenue and left a trail of debris, police said.

According to police, Mejia, who was driving a Dodge Challenger, was speeding on Roscoe when he lost control and crashed into a passing Subaru Impreza, police said.

Then the Dodge slammed into a Ford Escape, launching it in an easterly direction, the Police Department said.

The Ford, driven by the woman, struck a curb and a street sign, then slammed into a tree and power pole. The woman was pronounced dead at the scene.

Mejia and his two passengers, one of whom was listed in critical condition, were taken to hospitals, police said. A fourth victim declined medical treatment, according to the Los Angeles Fire Department.

LAPD Capt. Andrew Neiman told KTLA Mejia was possibly under the influence of alcohol.

A portion of Roscoe Boulevard was closed Thursday morning as detectives combed through evidence.

Images from television broadcasts showed at least two mangled vehicles and wreckage from the crash scattered across the road.

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UPDATES:

1:35 p.m.: This article was updated with additional details on the crash, and Mejia’s arrest.

This article was originally published at 6:30 a.m

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