Twin Sisters Tragically Killed On Leimert Blvd - Eyewitness account by resident

Around 2:50 am this morning, two women were struck and killed by a car on Leimert Blvd. Before the collision, one woman was ranting loud in-coherently walking westbound on Leimert Blvd towards 11th avenue. She was in the street walking when an on coming car approached her; she stood in the path of the car with her arms in the air, the car stopped and drove in reverse to prevent hitting her. As the car was going in reverse, another woman from across the street approached her and told her "Come Inside! Stop it you're gonna get yourself hurt!" She then went to the in-coherent individual and a tussle proceeded as she tried to get her from out of harms way when another vehicle hit both women killing them instantly. After the accident, many residents came from their apartments to try and help, some stood next to the bodies to direct traffic and to prevent other on coming cars from running over the bodies; while others called 911.

This is a very disturbing, sad and tragic event to have occurred.  I send condolences to the families of these two women who were tragically killed.

****Update- I spoke to a couple of my neighbors and I this is what was told to me:

1) It was a truck that struck them both (if you look closely you can see it in the upper left hand corner). A neighbor told me that the truck struck them and never stopped, it kept going but came back moments later which is why it is one the opposite side of the street. It's unknown if the driver was arrested or if he was under the influence.

Which also explained why there were no skid or tire marks in the road, the driver of the truck never had time to brake.

2) Another neighbor claimed that the sister under the influence wanted to kill herself and that in the middle of the two of them tussling the other sister was trying to free herself; unfortunately when the truck was approaching them the sister under the influence, grabbed her sister and threw her in the path of the truck killing her as well.

Which also explained how their bodies were positioned on the concrete after impact.

Warning Graphic - DeAndre Small, a neighbor who ran outside to prevent other cars from driving over the bodies described up close how one sister had injuries of a strong impact, her body was twisted and bulky. The other sister who was trying to get out of harms way died from a head injury; she bled massively from her skull which was slightly exposed; she was laying in a fetal position.

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Comment by enhager on January 14, 2013 at 7:29pm

Truly a tragedy. We are all very sad about this loss. I should have said that first. And sorry Nikki that you had to witness it. Thanks for sharing with the community what you saw from your perspective and with others on this tragic event.

Comment by enhager on January 13, 2013 at 9:06pm
Comment by Nikki Cater on January 13, 2013 at 8:56pm

My mother and I was awakened by one of the sisters, the one that was yelling and cursing to herself (I presume); we saw with our own eyes how she walked in the street and walked into the path of a car that luckily stopped, drove in reverse and got out of her way. Then her sister came out and tried to talk to her and get her back into the house. We left the window when we heard a bone shattering thud to the concrete, we looked back out the window and saw both women laying dead.

Comment by enhager on January 13, 2013 at 8:42pm

Hi Nikki, Thanks for the great post. Is this all firsthand information or is this what you heard from people on the scene or did the LAPD tell you this? The LAPD story in the LA Times is slightly different but they are asking for witnesses to call them.

Comment by enhager on January 13, 2013 at 8:39pm

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