Suspected DUI driver crashes into apartment, killing 5-year old boy

A car driven by a suspected drunken driver crashed into an apartment building in South Los Angeles Thursday, killing a 5-year-old boy and injuring five other people, authorities said.

The compact pierced into the east side of a ground floor apartment at a two-story, six-unit building in the 2800 block of South Central Avenue, near Adams Boulevard, at 12:16 a.m., said Brian Humphrey of the Los Angeles Fire Department.

Los Angeles Police Department Lt. Nate Williams told news media outlets the sedan crashed into the wall of a family's bedroom and a father, a mother and the boy were pinned underneath the vehicle. Their two teenage daughters were also inside the apartment and suffered minor injuries, and all were taken to the hospital, Williams said.

Humphrey said the child was the hardest to free and was taken to the hospital in grave condition. He later died, news media outlets reported.

The driver, a 24-year-old woman, was in fair condition, Humphrey said.

Williams quoted the driver as saying she slammed into the building because she swerved to avoid a driver who cut her off. She was taken into custody and could face DUI charges, news media outlets reported.

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