KTLA reported Monday that a suspected DUI driver was arrested after a fiery crash on the 118 Freeway last week.
Dashcam video shows the horrific moment that a white Lexus veers off the road, into a highway sign, and over an embankment. When reaching the bottom, the car burst into flame.
Officials say the fatal single-vehicle crash happened in Porter Ranch just before midnight. Inside the vehicle was a family of five returning home following a graduation party.
L.A. P.D. Metro officers on their way home witnessed the collision, and they helped pull people out of the vehicle. Unfortunately, the flames became very intense,” California Highway Patrol officer Sgt. Steve Geraty said.
Investigators say that the driver, David Cohen of Northridge, was able to get himself and one of his children out of the family’s burning vehicle. First responders at the scene were able to get two more children out of the car. However, their 31-year-old mother did not survive the crash.
Fortunately, Cohen’s three daughters, who range in age from a four-month-old infant to nine years old, suffered non-life-threatening injuries. The children were treated at an area hospital and later released to the care of other family members.
The ongoing investigation later found that David had been driving under the influence of alcohol when the fatal crash happened. He was arrested on suspicion of DUI. He is currently being held in lieu of a $2 million bond.