Car Fire, Fatal Crash Clog Traffic On 405 At Sepulveda Pass

Official: No mechanical issues in Walker car crash

A car fire and a fatal crash on the 405 Freeway near the SepulvedaPass tied up the morning commute in both directions Friday as crews worked to clear the wreckage. Only two lanes on the either side of the freeway were expected to be open until at least 8 a.m. as authorities cleared a car fire from the southbound side and investigated a multi-vehicle crash on the northbound side, California Highway Patrol officials said. At least three vehicles were involved in the crash on the northbound side betweenMulholland and Skirball Center drives, a Los Angeles Fire Department official said. One person was killedand two others were injured, the official said. A Sigalert remained in effect for both sides of the freeway. ALSO:
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Car accident kills male driver

The driver was a man police say was in his 20s. He was pronounced dead at the scene. Alicia Smiley, a spokeswoman for the Louisville Metro Police Department, said the driver of the car that was hit was a woman in her 40s. “She had to be extricated by [the] Jeffersontown Fire Department and was taken to University Hospital with broken bones,” Smiley added. “However, she was conscious and alert at the time that she was transported so those injuries appear to be non-life threatening.” There were no passengers in either car. The area of Taylorsville Road surrounding the accident site was closed most of the morning as police worked to determine what caused the crash. The investigation is ongoing. Copyright 2013 WAVE 3 News .
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Preparation for a car accident can provide legal protection

This means that anything a person says or does can be used as potential evidence. It is important for people to avoid saying anything that could imply guilt. Statements such as “I am so sorry” or “I didn’t see the other car” could make it sound as if the accident is that person’s fault. Saying the wrong thing can also have an impact on an insurance claim. Many times, a person involved in an accident may not be aware of an injury until hours later. If that person told someone that he or she was okay, it could lead to problems later on with an insurance company. Therefore it would be better for a person to avoid making any statements to people at the accident scene and only provide information to a law enforcement officer. Review the car insurance policy According to Edmunds, people should know what their car insurance policy covers.
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Woman killed in multi-car crash in Tarzana is identified

Los Angeles County coroner’s officials released the identity Thursday of a woman killed in a multi-car crash in Tarzana. The fatal crash occurred Monday about 11:05 p.m. at the intersection of Ventura Boulevard and Vanalden Avenue. Coroner’s officials identified the victim as Cynthia Grace, 64, of Los Angeles. Grace was preparing to enter the onramp of the south 101 Freeway when the driver of a 1999 Ford Taurus heading east on Ventura Boulevard rear-ended her 2003 Saturn Ion, said Det. Bill Bustos of the LAPD’s West Valley station. Grace was killed when her Saturn was crushed into four other vehicles in front of her. A fifth car next to her was sideswiped. In total, seven vehicles were involved in the incident, Bustos said.
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30 crash also killed the driver, Walker’s friend and financial adviser Roger Rodas. Rodas, 38, and Walker, 40, co-owned an auto racing team. Rodas also was a professional driver who competed in 10 Pirelli World Challenge GTS races this year. Investigators with the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department have calculated a range of the speed at which they think the car was traveling, but they won’t firm up that number until Porsche engineers come to California next month in the hope of extracting information from onboard data collectors. The official would not disclose the current speed estimate. It is calculated through a formula that uses factors including the arc of tire marks from the scene and how well the tires would grip the roadway, said Chris Kauderer, chairman of the California Association of Accident Reconstruction Specialists. The sheriff’s office has said speed was a factor in the one-car crash in an industrial park about 30 miles northwest of downtown Los Angeles. A spokesman on Wednesday had nothing to add. Though the car exploded in flames, its three data recorders survived and may produce information to pinpoint the speed. If they produce usable data, the recorders would be able to tell investigators whether seat belts were fastened, air bags deployed and whether Rodas hit the brakes before impact. Because the car is so rare, investigators will need Porsche’s help to retrieve the data.
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