A 25-year-old woman died a day after her vehicle was struck by a police car early Friday, October 16th at Venice Boulevard and Glyndon Avenue in Venice, injuring two officers, police said.
The woman, identified by the Los Angeles County coroner as Devin Petelski, was transported for treatment to a local hospital, where she was pronounced dead Saturday morning, October 17th, police said.
The two officers in the police car were treated for injuries at a local hospital and released. One officer was treated for a fractured right hand and lacerations to his left elbow, while the other sustained abrasions and reported pain to his neck, back, elbow and knees, police said.
The crash occurred at about midnight when the police car, which was responding to another call and traveling east on Venice Boulevard, collided with the driver’s side of a green BMW driven by Petelski, who was traveling north on Glyndon Avenue, said Lt. Daniel Witman of the Los Angeles Police Department West Traffic division.
Following the collision, the BMW ran off the road and collided with a traffic sign and a tree, Witman said. The BMW had stopped at a stop sign and then proceeded through the intersection when the accident occurred, he said.
Witman was unsure if the police car’s sirens were on at the time and it was not known how fast the vehicles were traveling. Police treated Petelski at the scene until paramedics arrived.
The accident is under investigation.
A profile of Petelski on the social networking site Facebook is based out of Los Angeles. Friends set up a Facebook page in memory of Petelski, which had over 300 members at Argonaut press time.
According to the page, Petelski’s vehicle was hit as she was leaving work.
“We are so proud of everything our little Devin from heaven has done on this earth, even in the short time she was here,” a message on the page says. “She is in our hearts, and smiling down on us from heaven and we will never forget our little precious angel.”