A 20-year-old Inglewood man lost control of his car and crashed into a light pole on Wednesday night, killing his girlfriend's 6-year-old son, police said.
Witnesses told police that Kimdrick Estrada was driving approximately 70 mph when he hit a utility pole near the corner of Prairie and Grace avenues, Inglewood police Lt. James Madia said. The crash happened at 7:46 p.m., Madia said.
"The car literally got wrapped around that telephone pole," Madia said. "The child was partially ejected from the car."
The boy was taken to UCLA Medical Center in Westwood, where he was pronounced dead at 8:50 p.m., Madia said. He was identified as Malike Hines.
Estrada sustained only minor injuries in the crash, Madia said. It will take some time before police understand what happened or exactly how fast Estrada was driving, but Madia said he likely will be charged with vehicular manslaughter, child endangerment and driving without a license.
"We are still working the case," Madia said. "There are still a lot of facts to be determined."
Department of Motor Vehicle records show Estrada is unlicensed. He failed to appear in court on Dec. 20, 2011, after he was ticketed for driving while unlicensed and without insurance. His car also was not registered.
Court records show he was cited in May 2011 for loitering in a closed public park.
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Staff writer Larry Altman contributed to this article.