BOYLE HEIGHTS (CBSLA.com) — A 34-year-old woman who killed a man and injured several other people by crashing her car into a taco stand has been arrested, police said Monday.
The driver, Maribel Rosas, was found to be under the influence of alcohol at the time of her arrest, according to the Los Angeles Police Department. She was booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter.
A preliminary investigation revealed Rosas fell asleep while driving prior to the crash, which unfolded around 9:30 p.m. Sunday in the area of South Clarence and East 4th streets in Boyle Heights.
She subsequently lost control of her vehicle, struck a 50-year-old man and then barreled into several other parked cars and the taco stand.
Paramedics pronounced the man dead at the scene. His identity is being withheld pending family notification.
CBS2’s Kara Finnstrom reported the man happened to be standing on the street waiting to buy dinner when the crash took place. He was alone and did not have any form of identification on him at the time.
Three people who worked at the taco stand sustained injuries. Two of the victims only suffered from bruises and cuts. The third victim was severely injured.
Paramedics evaluated six other people at the scene, but did not transport them to a hospital for further treatment of injuries.
The cause of the crash remains under investigation.