3-year-old boy killed, pregnant mother loses unborn child in crash

Posted at 4:41 PM, Jul 11, 2018

LOS ANGELES, CA — A pregnant mother lost her unborn child and her 3-year-old son on Tuesday in a two-car crash in South Los Angeles.

According to KABC, Nanci Martinez, 25, was traveling in a sedan with her 3-year-old and 5-year-old sons in the back seat when she pulled over to the shoulder on the southbound 110 Freeway for an unknown reason.

The California Highway Patrol said that around 10 p.m., a driver in an SUV struck the sound wall and slammed into the rear of Martinez's vehicle after making an "unsafe turning movement" from the No. 5 lane and onto the right shoulder.

The 3-year-old boy was transported to the hospital where he died of blunt force trauma. The 5-year-old boy was taken to the hospital with moderate injuries. Martinez, who was seven-months pregnant, was transported to the hospital where she lost her unborn child, officials said.

The driver of the SUV, Ken Li, reportedly told authorities that his vehicle suffered mechanical problems, which he says led to the "unsafe turning movement." He was transported to the hospital for pain he was experiencing to various parts of his body.

His wife, Anita Li, who was in the passenger seat at the time of the crash, was transported to the hospital for a fractured hip following the crash. 

Investigators say alcohol does not appear to be a factor in the crash. The investigation is ongoing.