One dead in Downey collision between mini-van and big rig

An 18-year-old Downey man was pronounced dead at the scene of a collision

An 18-year-old man was killed and four people were injured Friday night when the van they were riding in collided into the back of a big rig in Downey.

The driver of the big rig was about to make a left turn when the 1997 Chevy Astro van slammed into it, the Downey Police Department said in a statement. The crash occurred about 10:45 p.m. near the intersection of Lakewood Boulevard and Florence Avenue.

The passenger, a Downey resident, was pronounced dead at the scene, authorities said.

The 19-year-old driver of the van, an 18-year-old Downey man, a 17-year-old boy from Downey and a 18-year-old woman from South Gate were taken to local hospitals for non-life threatening injuries.

The driver of the big rig was not hurt.

The collision is still under investigation and anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Edwards at (562)904-2339 or Sgt. Miller (562)904-2342.

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