The daughter and son-in-law of state Assemblywoman Karen Bass were killed in a car accident on the San Diego (I-405) Freeway near La Tijera Boulevard in Westchester early Sunday, October 29th, officials said.
Emilia Wright, 23, a Loyola Marymount University (LMU) student who was the only child of Bass, was pronounced dead at the scene, along with her husband, Michael Wright, also 23, officials said.
No other injuries were reported.
Emilia was expected to graduate in December from LMU, where she had met her husband, said Kellie Todd Griffin, a spokeswoman for Bass.
Bass, the only African American woman in the State Legislature, represents the Assembly 47th District, which includes areas of Culver City, West Los Angeles, Westwood, Cheviot Hills, Leimert Park, Baldwin Hills, Windsor Hills, Ladera Heights and the Crenshaw District.
“Assemblymember Bass would like to thank all the people who have reached out to her with their condolences,” said Bass’s chief of staff Nolice Edwards in a statement. “The assemblymember and her family are dealing with their loss in private.
“There are many family members and close friends who are providing comfort and support during this difficult time.”
California Highway Patrol (CHP) officials said the accident occurred at about 4:30 a.m. on the southbound side of the 405 Freeway.
A Hyundai Tiburon registered to Michael and Emilia Wright had veered off the freeway and struck the concrete support beam for the La Tijera Boulevard overpass and burst into flames upon impact, CHP officials said.
Los Angeles City Fire Department (LAFD) firefighters and paramedics were called to the scene and found the vehicle fully engulfed in flames.
After firefighters extinguished the fire, they discovered the charred remains of the couple inside the vehicle, an LAFD spokesman said.
The CHP is investigating the cause and circumstances of the collision.
Griffin said the couple was married earlier this year.
Bass, who was elected to the Assembly in 2005, serves as the majority whip and is the chair of the Select Committee on Foster Care.
Funeral arrangements for the couple are pending.