Boy and two others are killed in South L.A. when car slams into bank building

Firefighters stand near a crushed black sedan.
An investigation is underway after three people died in a crash at Central and Florence avenues in South Los Angeles late Sunday night.

Three people, including a 14-year-old boy, were killed in a car crash late Sunday when the vehicle they were traveling in slammed into a brick building in South Los Angeles, authorities said.

First responders arrived about 10 minutes before midnight at Central and Florence avenues, where a black 2007 Toyota sedan was crushed against a Wells Fargo bank building. California Highway Patrol officers found three people dead and two others injured, according to a department news release.

The Toyota was headed east on Florence Avenue “at an unsafe speed” when the driver lost control and struck a Jeep, CHP officials said.


“The force of this impact caused [the Jeep] to be pushed forward and collide with the back of [a Honda],” the release said.

After the collision, the Toyota spun out of control and struck a building and then a pole, according to the release.

One passenger was ejected from the vehicle and killed. Two other passengers were declared dead in the back of the car. The driver of the Toyota, a 20-year-old Hawthorne man, was transported to St. Francis Medical Center with moderate injuries, authorities said.

The three killed in the crash were a 23-year-old man from Camarillo, a 21-year-old man from Chino Hills and a 14-year-old boy from Los Angeles, officials said in the release.

A 28-year-old Los Angeles woman who was in the Jeep was also taken to a hospital with injuries described as minor.

After the crash, scores of people gathered nearby, leading Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department officials to declare an unlawful assembly until the group receded, Deputy Trina Schrader said.


“The crowd ... became boisterous and unruly and encroached on the scene of the collision,” Schrader said in a statement.

No arrests have been made in connection with the crash, CHP Sgt. Simeon Yarbrough said.