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5 Injured, 2 Critically, in Violent Westwood Crash

At least five people were injured, two critically, in a violent collision involving a vehicle and a motorcycle in Westwood early Saturday morning, police said.

The crash occurred near the intersection of Wilshire Boulevard and Manning Avenue shortly after 3 a.m. Los Angeles police say the motorcycle t-boned the Nissan Sentra as the driver behind the wheel of the vehicle was attempting to make a left-hand turn on Manning Avenue.

“I looked out the window, I seen what happened and I came down to try to help. I seen the youngster in the backseat right here, passenger side. He was going into shock. The guy in the motorcycle he came to and he started trying to get up. People were telling him not to,” one man told Eyewitness News at the scene. Four college students, possibly from UCLA, were inside the vehicle at the time of the crash. They were returning home from getting something to eat, police said.

The victims were transported to Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center and Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. The motorcyclist and a second victim were listed in critical condition. The driver of the Nissan Sentra has since been released from the hospital. Investigators are working to determine how fast the motorcycle was traveling.

“We have recently seen a huge increase in motorcycle accidents in California. Injuries related to motorcycle accidents are typically more devastating than average car accidents, and therefore motorcycle riders should use extra caution when riding, especially at night”, said Attorney Frank Fasel.

“The tragic issue about motorcycle accident victims is that motorcyclists are typically not as protected as drivers who are surrounded by the protected frame of a car” , added Attorney Yasmine Djawadian.

News Source: http://abc7.com/news/5-injured-2-critically-in-violent-westwood-crash/1073143/