Laguna Hills woman is fatal victim in 405 crash in Sepulveda Pass

WESTWOOD — Authorities today identified a woman who was fatally injured when the car in which she was riding stopped on the northbound 405 Freeway in the Sepulveda Pass and was rear-ended by another car.

The crash occurred about 12:35 a.m. Sunday at Moraga Drive. Qingwen Zhu, 29, of Laguna Hills died at a hospital, the coroner’s office reported.

According to the California Highway Patrol, Zhu was riding in a Mini Cooper that had come to a stop for unknown reasons in the No. 3 lane with its lights out. The car was then hit from behind by a Nissan Sentra that was going about 65 mph, the CHP reported.

Paramedics took Zhu, along with the Mini Cooper driver and the Nissan driver, to a hospital, where Zhu died. The two drivers were hospitalized with major injuries, the CHP reported.

The northbound freeway was closed for about two hours while an investigation was conducted.

 

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