DUI Driver Charged with Murder in Crash That Killed 3 Family Members

My News LA reports that a man has been charged with murder, DUI, and other related charges after he allegedly caused a crash on New Year’s Eve that killed a man, his wife, and his five-year-old daughter. 

In a statement, the Los Angeles District Attorney’s Office said that 22-year-old Isaac Jordan Kahari has been charged with three counts of murder and gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated. He is also facing one charge each of driving while under the influence of alcohol causing injury and felony hit-and-run.

Los Angeles Police Department investigators say that the crash happened at approximately 11:20 p.m. when Kahari was fleeing a previous hit-and-run crash. Kahari blew through a stop sign at the intersection of 60th Place and Normandie Avenue and slammed into a minivan occupied by a young family.

According to LAPD Detective Ryan Moreno, the crash was so violent that it sent the family’s vehicle careening through a street sign and fence before finally coming to a rest just outside an area business. Several Good Samaritans heard the crash and rushed to the scene, attempting to help the family trapped inside their car. 

The 49-year-old father who was driving the minivan was pronounced dead at the scene.  A five-year-old girl died shortly after she arrived at the hospital, and her mother died a day later. 

The family’s 1-year-old daughter is now the sole survivor of the crash. She remains hospitalized but doctors say she is showing signs of improvement.

A GoFundMe established for the family has raised more than $16,700.

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