Kelley Reid Spencer, 26, was killed and five others were injured in a multi-vehicle collision in Reseda. Officials say the fatal crash was caused by vehicles that were street racing. According to City News Service report, the crash occurred on the night of May 23 at Corbin Avenue and Saticoy Street in Reseda. Spencer died at the scene.
LAPD officials said Spencer, who was driving a black BMW M3, was driving northbound on Corbin Avenue, as was a black 2015 Mini Cooper convertible that was being driven by a male juvenile, whose name was not released. Both cars were traveling at a high rate of speed when the Mini Cooper collided with a black Kia Optima that was turning right from Saticoy to Corbin.
Fatality and Injuries
The Kia was pushed into opposing lanes of traffic and collided with a 2016 Volkswagen Golf sedan that was traveling south on Corbin. Meanwhile, Spencer lost control of his vehicle, swerved, crossed into opposing lanes of traffic, and collided with a blue 2008 Chevy Silverado that was traveling south on Corbin Avenue, officials said. The force of the collision between the BMW and the Chevy caused the Chevy to collide with the parked vehicles and the BMW “disintegrated”, killing Spencer, according to police.
The driver of the Mini Cooper suffered relatively minor injuries, while the person driving the Chevy Silverado suffered severe injuries and was transported to a hospital. The driver of the Kia, a passenger in that vehicle, and the driver of the Volkswagen, all suffered non-life-threatening injuries. A witness told Fox11 that two racing vehicles had caused the crash and a neighbor told KTLA that street racing was a problem in that area. Police are asking drivers to obey the rules of the road and have said that reckless driving and street racing “will not be tolerated in the city of Los Angeles.”
Our thoughts and prayers are with everyone who has been affected by this horrific crash. We wish the injured victims the very best for a speedy and complete recovery.
There is no question that driving at an unsafe rate of speed and especially engaging in racing on a public roadway can be extremely dangerous and against the law. The city of Los Angeles has been struggling to control this problem for many years now, but especially during the pandemic when streets emptied out due to lockdowns. But now that traffic all over Southern California is back to normal levels, this will be an even greater challenge.
If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of a reckless or speeding driver, or if you have lost a loved one because of someone else’s negligence, you may be able to seek compensation for the injuries, damages, and losses you have sustained. Injured victims can seek compensation for medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. Families that have lost loved ones can file a wrongful death lawsuit seeking compensation as well. An experienced Los Angeles car accident lawyer will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.