LOS ANGELES (CBS) — Authorities say three women have died since a car crash in South Los Angeles last week involving an unlicensed driver.
Six women were in a sport utility vehicle when it slammed into a tree. Five of the women were ejected from the SUV, and everyone in the vehicle was critically injured.
Three women, Enisha Marie Davis, 21; Jeshai Chanae Jones, 19; and Tiesha Jermaine Turner, 28, died between Friday and Monday from their injuries, according to Asst. Chief L.A. County Coroner Ed Winter.
Tenina M. Calhoun of Moreno Valley, who was driving the vehicle when it crashed, had been cited Jan. 3 by the California Highway Patrol for driving without a license, but her vehicle was not impounded. Calhoun remains in critical condition.
Los Angeles police say they recovered an open container of alcohol in the car and are continuing to investigate.
The triple fatality is the latest in a string of serious accidents involving unlicensed drivers. In December in Panorama City, a motorist driving without a license struck and killed a 60-year-old woman.
Los Angeles Police recently proposed reforms to the city’s practice of seizing the cars of unlicensed drivers. LAPD Chief Charlie Beck said the practice unfairly burdens illegal immigrants, but the police union and victims’ rights activists say it would allow dangerous drivers to remain on the road.
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