Elektra Yepez slaughtered at Taco stand when Jose Luis Perez slammed into her; Perez now charged with manslaughter
BOYLE HEIGHTS, LOS ANGELES (11/12/2017) — An 11-year-old victim has been identified and a driver was arrested after a fatal high-speed crash Friday night near a taco stand in Boyle Heights.
Elektra Yepez was one of several people who was struck in the collision in the 900 block of Marietta Street, a relative confirmed to ABC7. Elektra died after being transported to a hospital.
According to the Los Angeles Police Department, driver Jose Luis Perez was arrested Saturday on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. Authorities said an underage passenger was also arrested on suspicion of having nitrous oxide.
Earlier in the day, Elektra’s older sister and other family members stopped by the site of the crash to leave flowers, photos, and gifts. Her sister said Elektra loved yellow, enjoyed school and dancing, and had dreams of one day attending Princeton University.
Witnesses said two adult sisters were having dinner Friday with their children when a speeding motorist lost control of a Ford Mustang. The car went airborne and slammed into two parked vehicles in front of the taco stand.
Four patients – Elektra, the two women and a 15-month-old child — were rushed to a hospital. The adults’ injuries were described as non-life-threatening; the baby was unharmed. MORE