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18-year-old man arrested in fatal accident in Van Nuys

The Los Angeles Police Department has arrested an 18-year-old man on suspicion of murder after a vehicle crashed into a building in Van Nuys on Sunday night, killing one and injuring several others.

The crash happened around 8 p.m. during a Halloween pop-up event at 7557 Woodley Ave.

The LAPD alleged that Luis Carrillo-Castaneda of Los Angeles was driving a high-speed SUV along Saticoy Street, lost control and crashed into the building.

A Woodland Hills resident was pronounced dead at the scene and was not identified by authorities on Monday evening.

Several other people were assessed for minor to moderate injuries, police said.

Veronica Ascencio, co-owner of JV Espresso Bar, a vendor at the Halloween event, was cleaning up her space and preparing to leave the building with her husband and five children when the SUV crashed into the building.

“We didn’t even see anything. We just heard a big noise and everyone is screaming, ”she said on Monday. “There was dust everywhere.

Ascencio and his eldest daughter found two of his children before seeing a woman with glass in her neck lying on the ground, she said.

At that point, she began to search for her two other children, both of whom were found unharmed.

At the time of the crash, Ascencio said, there were around 60 people remaining in the building, most of whom were food or drink vendors cleaning up after the event from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. .

Carolina Castillo, who lives nearby, had considered attending Sunday’s pop-up, but did not.

“It’s scary. What if I had gone right then,” she said.

Before the crash, Castillo heard a scream and helicopters above his head.

She left her home to find the scene of the accident, which prompted her to check a security camera she had set up outside.

The camera captured the SUV, followed by a helicopter, passing by his house.

“I’ve never seen a car go so fast on camera,” she said.

The incident is still under investigation by the Los Angeles Police Department.



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