Whittier woman killed, son injured when their vehicle was struck by a speeding motorist

A woman was killed and her son injured when a speeding car spun into oncoming traffic and crashed into their vehicle in Whittier on Friday night, authorities said.

A white Hyundai and black BMW were accelerating next to each other as they sped north in the 7700 block of Colima Road about 8:40 p.m., Whittier police said in a statement. One of the vehicles struck the other, causing the Hyundai to spin into opposing lanes and hit an oncoming Honda Accord, police said.

The female driver of the Accord was killed, and her juvenile son was transported to UCI Medical Center for treatment of what authorities described as minor injuries. Police said the deceased driver lived in Whittier, but they have yet to identify her.

The drivers of the other two vehicles, Corey Kiefer and Jacob Zamora, both 22, were arrested on suspicion of gross vehicular manslaughter.


Zamora, the driver of the white Hyundai, and a passenger were taken to a hospital for treatment of minor injures, police said. Kiefer, the driver of the black BMW, did not sustain any injuries.

It was not immediately clear whether either man was driving under the influence of alcohol at the time of the collision. Authorities did not specify whether they believe the two drivers were racing.

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