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16-year-old girl, killed, after she is struck by a SUV, driven by Roberto Rodriguez, 20, who was arrested on multiple charges, while sleeping in her home in Palmdale.
A 16-year-old Southern California girl was killed while sleeping in her bed after an alleged drunken driver crashed his sport utility vehicle into her home early Sunday, authorities said.
The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department said 20-year-old Roberto Rodriguez of Palmdale allegedly crashed his Nissan Pathfinder into a corner of an apartment building at 3:50 a.m., damaging two units.
When deputies arrived they found the SUV embedded in the building and the girl dead, later identifed as Gisselle Mendoza, inside one of the apartments.
Rodriguez was taken to a hospital with minor injuries and has been booked on suspicion of vehicular manslaughter. He was being held in lieu of $100,000 bail.
About half of the 11-unit building was evacuated because of leaking fuel from the vehicle, officials said. Most of the residents were expected to return to their apartments after the SUV was removed and inspectors determined whether the building was structurally sound.
Witnesses said the vehicle was traveling about 80 miles per hour at the time of the accident.
Palmdale is about 60 miles north of downtown Los Angeles.