Four Die as Car Slams Into Abandoned Vehicle

Four people were killed when their car crashed into a disabled vehicle in the car-pool lane of the Redondo Beach Freeway in Compton, the California Highway Patrol said Sunday.

The accident, which occurred near the Central Avenue off-ramp shortly before midnight Saturday, claimed the lives of Jose Arteaga, 36, his wife Morina Sanchez, 35, their 4-year-old son and a 9-year-old niece.

Investigators said Arteaga's 1991 Toyota was rounding a curve at a high rate of speed when it hit a disabled Thunderbird that had spun out of control and was left unattended, facing the wrong direction with its lights out. The 17-year-old driver of the Thunderbird was calling for help.

Authorities said that none of the people in the Toyota wore seat belts. The 4-year-old was in his mother's lap.

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