A 25-year-old man from Los Angeles is in custody, facing charges of DUI and murder, following a tragic incident in which he allegedly drove the wrong way on the 10 Freeway. This reckless action resulted in a head-on collision with another vehicle, leading to the fatality of the other driver, according to authorities.
According to the California Highway Patrol (CHP), the individual in question, identified as Brandon Bencomo, was operating his 2022 Kia Stinger at approximately 4:38 a.m. on a Thursday. He had two passengers with him, a 5-year-old girl and a 22-year-old woman.
In a harrowing turn of events, Bencomo was driving westbound in the eastbound lanes of the freeway when his vehicle collided head-on with a Honda Fit that was traveling in the correct direction, east of Santa Fe Avenue.
Regrettably, the collision proved fatal for the sole occupant of the Honda, a 33-year-old man from Los Angeles. The three individuals in the Kia, including the young child, sustained injuries ranging from minor to moderate in severity.
The CHP’s report highlights a particularly concerning detail: the 5-year-old girl in the Kia was not adequately secured by any safety measures, such as a seat belt or a child safety seat, at the time of the accident.
As of now, the identity of the deceased Honda driver has not been disclosed, as authorities are working to inform the family of the tragic incident. It remains uncertain from the CHP report whether the occupants of the Kia were related to one another.