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Los Angeles:  What started as a street race, ends in a fatal traffic collision in Hollywood early Saturday Morning.

On December 29, 2007, at about 4:15 a.m., a three party fatal traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Sunset Boulevard and Highland Avenue.

Carlos Steven John, 21, from Los Angeles, was driving a 2004 Dark Grey BMW 525I eastbound Sunset Boulevard at a high rate of speed, when it collided with the right rear door of a 2007 Silver Infinity FX35 initiating a left turn to southbound Highland Avenue on a green light.  The BMW continued and spun around colliding with the front of a 2006 Blue Saturn ION.  The Saturn was also making a left turn to southbound Highland Avenue, behind the Infinity.

As a result of the collision, the Infinity caught on fire and the driver died at scene.  His name has not been released until the Coroner’s Office makes positive identification and notifies the next of kin.

The front right passenger of the Infinity, was taken to a local hospital in critical condition with 3rd degree burns to his body, and with unknown additional injuries.

John was taken to a local hospital for unknown injuries and was arrested and booked for Murder with bail set for $1,000,000.00.

Investigation reveals that John had been racing another vehicle, described as a black BMW, a few blocks before the collision.  The driver of the BMW has not been identified but that vehicle is not considered a hit-and-run vehicle at this point.

Anyone with information regarding this collision is asked to call West Traffic Detective at 213-473-0234.  During off-hours or on weekends call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAWFULL (529-3855).

Comments

Bang. Zooooooom!

One less car on the road.

OUTSTANDING.

Concerning the comments made by Keef Riffhard. Shame on you for making such callous remarks. I hope you're not Sworn or a government worker. Because if you are, you need to take sensitivity courses. As a human being what type of service are you providing to others? How can you relate to others? How can you put yourself in the shoes of others if you have this type of negative attitude towards others? Reading the article, it made me think about my daughter's friends. Both drivers were good friends who had just graduated. They had meet an an intersection and decided to race one another. During the course of the race, one driver lost control of his vehicle. He died and the other one survived. The burden of knowing that he killed his friend has to unbearable. Not only did he remove a life, because of thier actions, they affected the lives of both families and friends. No one wants to see a love one in a coffin, especially at an early age. The responsibility lies on the parents or guardians. It's easy to point fingers, but parents, it is our responsibility to communicate with our love ones about the responsibilities and consequences of driving. Peer pressure is also responsibile for this behavior, but I do beleive that communication and developing self esteen in the child is important so that the child can say no. We see advertisements of, "Do not drink and drive" and some agencies display vehicles that have been involded in DUI accidents. Why can't agencies also display vehicles that were involved in racing? I beleive one of the best times would be during graduation or prom week. Yes, our youth and even adults can make foolish decisions, while some of us learn from them there is always a small margin that doesn't. We need to be proactive and work together in making this terrible event a positive outreach to others. Displaying sensitivity to others does not cost a thing. It just shows you're a human being.

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