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Infant Passes Away After Tragic Art Walk Crash

By Eric Richardson
Published: Thursday, July 14, 2011, at 10:40PM
Art Walk Crash Eric Richardson / blogdowntown

An ambulance arrives at the site of Thursday night's Art Walk crash.

A tragic crash during the peak of Thursday night's Downtown Art Walk sent a sheared-off parking meter flying at 4th and Spring, striking a mother who was pushing her two-month-old child in a stroller. The infant passed away in the hospital this morning after being taken off of life support.

Update (Friday, 2:20pm): A prayer vigil will be held on Friday evening to mourn the death of two-month-old Marcello Vasquez, the infant who was killed in Thursday night's accident.

A Cadillac that was parallel parking in front of the El Dorado Lofts accelerated onto the sidewalk at 9:20pm, knocking over the meter. Police say that alcohol was not a factor, and that the driver—a 22-year-old from Ladera Heights—passed both alcohol and drug tests.

According to police, it was the sheared off meter that appears to have caused the worst injuries. Along with the woman and child, perhaps a half dozen others sustained injuries.

Update (Friday, 2pm): Lt. Paul Vernon just tweeted confirmation that the infant did pass away after being taken off life support early this morning.

Update (Friday, 6:50am): Now the official story is that the child was kept alive on life support, but is not expected to live.

Several stories are calling this a two-vehicle accident, but it seems to still have been a crash that occurred while the Cadillac was parking. When it lept forward, it struck another car parked in the space in front of it.

Update (11:40pm): Central Traffic Division confirms that the two-year-old did succumb to injuries. Earlier reports had been conflicting.


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