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Woman killed when car crashes with Inglewood police cruiser

May 24, 2011|By Ann M. Simmons | Los Angeles Times Staff Writer

A woman was killed in Inglewood early Tuesday morning after the vehicle she was riding in was involved in a crash with a police cruiser, authorities said.

The incident occurred just before 1 a.m. at the intersection of Prairie Avenue and Manchester Avenue, according to Officer Travis Ruiz, a spokesman for the California Highway Patrol.

Ruiz said three Inglewood Police Department patrol cars with their lights and sirens on were responding to a call of shots fired in another part of the city about four miles away.

The first police vehicle made it through the intersection. The second car collided with a Range Rover, Ruiz said.

It is not clear who had the right of way, Ruiz said. The patrol car video and red-light camera are being reviewed, he added.

The police cruiser hit the front right side of the Range Rover, which spun around, and the force ejected a female in the front passenger seat, Ruiz said. The woman, between 40 and 45 years old "suffered fatal injuries from striking the concrete," Ruiz said.

The driver of the Range Rover and the police officers in the patrol car suffered minor injuries, Ruiz said. They were treated at a hospital and later released. No further details were available. The investigation is "still in the very beginning stages," Ruiz said.

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