Two people killed by driver fleeing South LA police were not housed

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A man and woman who died when a driver on the run from Los Angeles police crashed into an apparent street encampment Tuesday, authorities said were not housed.

The Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner-Coroner on Wednesday identified the victims as Alberto Leal, 44, and Lashonda Davis, 43.

Records listed Leal and Davis as homeless, said Sarah Ardalani, a spokesperson for the department.

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Before the crash, officers had responded to a report of domestic violence on the 4800 block of Figueroa Street around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday, said Tony Im, a spokesman for the Los Angeles Police Department. They found no evidence of domestic violence and left, but were recalled to the same location around 12:40 PM

The suspect, described only as a man, fled in his vehicle, Im said, adding that officers searched the area but did not pursue the driver.

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Police found the suspect’s vehicle, which had crashed into the victims on West 52nd Place and South Flower Street, he said.

Video from the OnScene.TV crash site showed a sedan with severe damage to the front and windshield, sitting next to what appeared to be a street encampment with a destroyed awning, and two bodies covered by white sheets nearby.

As of Wednesday, the suspect remained in the hospital, I said. His name was not available for release, and information on what charges he might be booked under was not available.

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