Richard Wold, Francisco Gil Injured in 110 Freeway Crash

 Richard Wold, Francisco Gil Injured in 110 Freeway Crash

Man, 71, Killed; 3 Injured in Wrong-way Driver Crash

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 26, 2023) – Richard Wold and Francisco Gil were among three people injured in a fatal crash involving a wrong way driver on the Harbor 110 Freeway in downtown Los Angeles.

Taxi driver, Ken Balayev, 71, of Calabasas, died in the head-on crash reported at 2:49 a.m. on May 26th, near Exposition Boulevard, according to the California Highway Patrol.

Additionally, the suspected wrong-way driver, Samantha Molina, 23, of Los Angeles, also suffered major injuries. Police placed her under arrest, but have not yet revealed all the charges she faces.

The two-vehicle crash between a Chevrolet and a taxi happened in the northbound lanes of the Harbor (110) Freeway, according to MyNewsLA.

Molina was driving a black Chevrolet sedan southbound in the northbound lanes of the freeway. She reportedly slammed into the taxi driver’s vehicle. Paramedics responded and rushed him to a hospital where he later died, the Los Angeles County Sheriff Coroner said.

Meanwhile, a passenger in the taxi identified as Richard Wold, 48, of Los Angeles, along with Francisco Gil, 21, of Los Angeles, who was a passenger in the Chevrolet, both suffered minor and major injuries respectfully. They were both taken to a hospital.

Police closed all lanes of the northbound freeway to conduct an investigation into what happened and determine fault.

The freeway reopened by 6 a.m. the same day.

Witnesses are urged to call the CHP Central Los Angeles Area office at 231-744-2337 or 323-259-3200.


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Source: CHP, MyNewsLA




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