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Man killed, his wife and son hospitalized in Winnetka crash

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A man was killed and four others hospitalized early Thursday morning in a three-car crash in Winnetka, authorities said.

Los Angeles police said a man driving with his wife and 6-year-old son died at the hospital after he was hit when he pulled in front of oncoming traffic in the 19000 block of Roscoe Boulevard.

The man did an illegal U-turn about 1:30 a.m. in front of oncoming traffic or pulled in front of the cars while turning onto Roscoe from a parking lot, said Lt. Debra Brownsten.

A car in the middle swerved to try to avoid him, striking a car in the No. 1 lane. The vehicle then hit the man’s car.

The man was taken to the hospital, where he was pronounced dead about 4 a.m., Brownsten said. His wife and son both suffered serious injuries.

The driver of the vehicle in the middle lane was hospitalized with non-life threatening injuries. The driver of the vehicle in the No. 1 lane suffered minor injuries.

Police were continuing to investigate the crash. The identity of the deceased driver has not been released.

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