Investigators are seeking witnesses to a fatal crash on the 118 Freeway that killed a 14-year-old Winnetka girl, authorities said Monday.
Bernice Martinez was killed Sunday evening while riding with her two older sisters in a Honda Accord driven by Samer N. Rabadi, 20, of West Hills. Rabadi lost control of the car while driving about 75 mph near DeSoto Avenue, California Highway Patrol Officer Frank Sansone said.
The driver of a purple-and-white Honda Civic may have been racing the green Honda Accord in which Bernice was riding when the Accord hit a light standard and went up a dirt embankment on the south side of the freeway, Sansone said.
Rabadi and two other passengers in the Accord--Sandra Martinez, 19, and Carla Martinez, 16, also of Winnetka--were not injured, Sansone said. All four in the car were wearing seat belts, he said. Bernice was riding in the left rear seat, behind the driver.