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Mother of two killed when car slams into building in Vermont Square area

33-year-old woman dead after being pinned against building by car in South LA
33-year-old woman dead after being pinned against building by car in South LA 01:51

A 33-year-old mother of two was killed on Tuesday after getting pinned between a car and a building in the Vermont Square area. 

The crash happened at around 4:30 p.m. in the 1300 block of W. 46th Street, near Normandie Avenue,  where firefighters arrived to find the person pinned between an SUV and a two-story building, according to a statement from the Los Angeles Fire Department. 

The victim, identified as Lisbeth Estrada Rodriguez, was pronounced dead at the scene. Police say that her husband and both of her children live down the street from the site of the crash and that she was a business owner in the area. 

Investigators say that the crash happened when the driver, who has since been identified as 31-year-old Dwight Williams, made an illegal right at a high speed before hitting the woman and throwing her into the building. 

Williams, who police say was not under the influence, has been arrested for vehicular manslaughter with gross negligence.

The driver's brother told KCAL News that the crash was actually started when a white van hit the back of his sibling's car, propelling it to hit Estrada Rodriguez. 

Police say that they have very strong video evidence that disputes the claim. 

Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety crews were called to assess the integrity of the building after the force of the impact. 

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