Karen Karapetyan, a 33-year-old of Garden Grove, died after a suspected drunk driver ran a red light and hit an Orange County man’s taxi which then caused a four car crash, according to Fox News. The wavering car was a grey BMW, driven by Avishkar Padhye, who was reportedly traveling southbound on Highland Avenue. The driver under the influence sped through a red light on Sunset Boulevard around 2:30 a.m., then striking Karapetyan’s eastbound taxi cab on the driver’s side, killing Karen on impact.
The accident sent the two vehicles shooting down the road toward two other vehicles, causing only minor injuries to one other person. The force of the impact caused the cab to slide into a Toyota that was stopped on northbound Highland Avenue. The taxi and the Toyota then collided with another BMW that also was stopped in a northbound lane of Highland, police said. Avishkar Padhye was arrested for drunk driving and vehicular manslaughter, according to Los Angeles Police Department officials. Following a Field Sobriety Test, Padhye was found to be under the influence of alcohol and was subsequently booked for 191.5(a) PC, gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated.
“At least two or three more victims were transported” to hospitals, according to Police Lt. Pailet. Their conditions were not immediately known.
Los Angeles Fire Department paramedics responded and extracted Karapetyan from his taxi cab and transported him to Cedar Sinai Hospital, where doctors attempted to perform live-saving measures, but he died an hour after the collision. The drivers and passengers of the other vehicles involved in the crash suffered minor injuries, officials said. Padhye is charged with gross vehicular manslaughter while intoxicated, DUI causing injury and driving with.08 blood-alcohol content. If convicted of all charges, he could face up to 10 years in prison, according to prosecutors.