HOLLYWOOD (CBSLA.com) — A 50-year-old father of eight was killed in a fiery crash that took place in Hollywood, authorities said Monday.
According to the Los Angeles Fire Department, the traffic collision occurred just before 2 a.m. in the 6000 block of Hollywood Boulevard.
Upon their arrival, authorities learned a Chevrolet Camaro crashed into a Metro van, which subsequently erupted in flames.
Authorities pronounced the driver of the Metro van, who worked as a custodian, dead at the scene. The victim’s family said he was identified as Willie Toy.
A Metro spokesperson told CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom that Toy was likely on his way to clean the subway station when the crash occurred.
No one else was inside the van when it erupted in flames.
Paramedics transported the 20-year-old driver of the Camaro to a hospital in critical condition where he later died. His identity is also being withheld pending family notification.
A preliminary investigation revealed the driver of the Camaro initially failed to yield to officers during a routine traffic stop. He sped away and subsequently crashed into the Metro van.
“It appears that he was traveling at a rate of speed that was extraordinarily unsafe for these city street,” said Lt. David Ferry.”We’re just trying to put the pieces together as to why he fled the initial traffic stop and why this had to happen.”
Investigators are running tests to determine if he was impaired at the time of the crash and if he had a criminal record.
A woman who traveled in the Camaro has been cooperating with police.
The investigation is continuing.