INGELWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 20-year-old Inglewood man is facing vehicular manslaughter charges Thursday after his car crashed into a light pole, killing a 6-year-old boy.
The solo crash happened around 7:30 p.m. Wednesday on Grace Avenue near the intersection of Prairie Avenue, Inglewood police said.
“The vehicle, traveling northbound on Prairie, . . . lost control, collided with the pole,” Sgt. Ed Ridens said.
The boy, who was in an unrestrained booster seat, was thrown from the chair and pronounced dead at a local hospital.
The vehicle, driven by Kimdrick Estrada, was traveling at speeds upwards of 70 mph when it wrapped around the light pole.
“Speed was a factor in this collision,” Ridens said.
Estrada had a relationship with the boy’s mother, but was not the father, Sgt. Derk Dewatcher told KNX 1070.
He was arrested and transported to a local hospital with minor injuries, police said. His condition is unknown.
It is unknown if drugs or alcohol were involved.
Estrada is facing charges of vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment and driving without a license, officials said.