Late Thursday evening around 11:30 p.m., a car crashed into a home in the cul de sac at Rimpau and Third Street in Hancock Park, killing the driver and igniting the garage of the home on fire. Fortunately, no one in the house was injured. A family member, a young girl, had just left the room adjacent to the garage before the crash, according to news reports.
According to LAPD, the driver was traveling eastbound 3rd Street at excessive speed and lost control of the 2021 Mercedes E63, which collided with the residence.
“The Los Angeles Fire Department responded to the scene. The driver of the Mercedes did not survive injuries sustained and was pronounced dead at scene. There were no other occupants in the vehicle,” LAPD Public Information Officer Jeffrey Lee told the Buzz this morning.
“Speed was a factor in this traffic collision. The case is under investigation and it has not been determined if the collision was related to street racing,” added Lee. “The driver of the Mercedes has not been positively identified, pending the investigation of the Los Angeles County Medical Examiner.”
“We have a real problem with excessive speed down our residential streets late at night,” Hancock Park Homeowners Association President Cindy Chvatal-Keane told the Buzz. “We can hear them roaring down the street and we see donut-shaped tire marks on the streets.”
Below is coverage from KTLA-TV, which was on the scene last night and again this morning when we stopped by.