2 killed, 1 injured in Lake Balboa crash after car speeds through red light, LAPD says

A mangled Corvette with its entire front end and engine missing lies in front of a storefront with shattered windows
Members of the Los Angeles County coroner’s office look at the wreckage of a Chevrolet Corvette that ended up in a shopping center after crashing into a Honda Accord at the intersection of Balboa and Victory boulevards in Lake Balboa.
(Mel Melcon / Los Angeles Times)

Two people were dead and another was critically injured after a car crash in the Lake Balboa area early Wednesday.

Around 3:46 a.m., a Chevrolet Corvette was speeding north on Balboa Boulevard and is believed to have failed to stop at a traffic light when it collided with a Honda SUV that was traveling east on Victory Boulevard, the Los Angeles Police Department said.

Two people were trapped in the wreckage and transported by ambulance to a hospital in critical condition, said Brian Humphrey, spokesperson for the Los Angeles Fire Department.


The driver of the Honda, a woman in her 20s, was pronounced dead at the scene. The Corvette driver and a passenger were hospitalized, LAPD Lt. Matthew Bielski told KTLA-TV Channel 5.

The Corvette driver later died at the hospital, Officer Robert Carter with the LAPD’s Valley Traffic Division confirmed. The passenger remains at the hospital.

The leak triggered another exchange between Soto-Martinez, a sharp critic of the LAPD, and the union that represents rank-and-file police officers.

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Footage from KTLA showed the Honda upside down in the street and the Corvette at least 50 feet away in a strip mall parking lot. A sign for the strip mall was destroyed, and the area was strewn with debris.

The Corvette’s entire front end was sheared from the car, and windows of a nearby storefront were shattered.

The Valley Traffic Division is leading the investigation into the crash.