By Anthony Alaniz
A seven-vehicle crash left one dead Monday night in San Fernando Valley, the Los Angeles Police Department said.
The accident happened at 11:05 p.m. in the 19200 block of Ventura Boulevard in Tarzana.
The male driver of a gray Ford Taurus, and suspected of drunk driving, was driving eastbound on Ventura when he crashed into six vehicles stopped at the intersection. He was allegedly traveling at a high rate of speed, the LAPD said.
An unidentified 60-year-old woman from Los Angeles, who was in the first car to be struck, was pronounced dead at the scene.
The suspected drunk driver, who is described to be in his 30s, went into a nearby convenience store, purchased a six pack of beer, and began drinking after the crash had occurred.
“He was loudly asking for the beer, ‘I need beer, beer,’” the clerk said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
“We’ve seen this happen in the past where somebody, because of the level of stress or whatever the situation is, they go out and consume some alcoholic beverages,” Det. Bill Bustos said in an interview with CBS Los Angeles.
Three other people suffered minor injuries. The suspect was transported to a local hospital in stable condition.
The accident remains under investigation. No arrests have been made.
Source: CBS Los Angeles
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