Back at the end of November, a car went off of the 405 Freeway and ran into a homeless camp. One person was killed and two others were hurt in the accident. The wreck happened after seven in the evening, with the time of death listed as 7:23 pm.
Police have now identified the person who was killed, saying the deceased was a 42-year-old man. He was from Van Nuys, California.
There has been a bit of controversy over this announcement, though, as some reports had claimed that the person killed was actually a transgender female. The police denied knowing anything about that at all, sticking with the name that they had.
However, people from the area backed up the reports, claiming the deceased was a woman and even providing the name she went by in the homeless community. A memorial was set up using this name.
The injuries to the other two individuals were described as very serious. They were both men, one who was 60 years old and the other who was 30 years old. The driver of the car that veered off the road and slammed into their camp is 66.
Pictures from the scene show the car near a steep cement embankment. It was so badly damaged that it had to be lifted out of the area with a crane.
Surviving family members may have a right to seek compensation after a deadly accident. Even in cases where someone is killed immediately and there are no medical costs from the hospital, this compensation could help with funeral costs, burial costs, and much more.
Source: Los Angeles Daily News, "Person killed in Van Nuys homeless camp when car ran off 405 identified," Wes Woods, Dec. 06, 2016