Man in Custody Following Fatal Traffic Crash in North Hills

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NORTH HILLS (CNS) - A Canoga Park man allegedly driving while impaired was arrested after running a red light and causing a fatal crash in North Hills, police said today.

The crash occurred about 7 p.m. Wednesday on Woodley Avenue at Parthenia Street, the Los Angeles Police Department reported.

Manuel Sandoval, 26, was injured in the crash and taken to a hospital, where he remains in police custody, the LAPD reported. Sandoval is expected to be booked on suspicion of murder, police said.

Sandoval allegedly was driving a 1999 Chevrolet pickup that was ``traveling at a high rate of speed southbound (on) Woodley Avenue when it ran a red light and collided with a white Nissan sedan,'' police said in a statement.

``The Nissan was negotiating a left turn onto westbound Parthenia Street from Woodley Avenue when the collision occurred,'' police said. ``The force of the collision forced both vehicles to travel in a southwest direction causing the Chevrolet pickup to overturn and the Nissan to collide with the sidewalk and a light pole.''

The Nissan driver, a woman in her mid-30s, died at a hospital, police said. Her name was withheld, pending notification of her relatives.

Anyone with information about the case was urged to call the LAPD Valley Traffic Division at 818-644-8033; 877-LAPD-247; or Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS.

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