Sleeping teen killed when car plows into apartment
A 16-year-old girl asleep in her bed was killed early Sunday when a suspected drunk driver careened into an apartment building in southern California, law enforcement officials said.
The driver, a 20-year-old man, was arrested shortly after the crash at 3:15 a.m. local time (1000 GMT) in Palmdale, which is located about 63 miles (101 km) north of downtown Los Angeles.
"The driver was at a high rate of speed and either tried to turn or lost control, impacted the curb and went into the apartment building," Sergeant David Sauer of the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department said.
The driver "unfortunately killed a teenage girl that was inside the apartment," Sauer said.
"He was arrested under suspicion of driving under the influence of alcohol," he added.
Video from the scene shows a gray sport utility vehicle that had crashed into the ground-floor apartment.
Witnesses told authorities the vehicle was moving at roughly 80 miles per hour (129 km per hour).
The victim was described as a local high school student.
"She was my little sister. I just hope people who drink and drive ... I mean ... they are just causing pain for many families," the victim's sister told KCAL-TV.
Apartments adjacent to the crash scene were evacuated to allow building inspectors to assess whether the building's foundation had been damaged, Sauer said.