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Victim ejected onto 5 Freeway sign after crash near Griffith Park

Discussion in 'Off-Topic Discussion' started by Sean266, Oct 31, 2015.

  1. Oct 31, 2015 at 2:52 PM
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    Sean266

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    Video news story

    GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) --
    A 20-year-old man who police say was driving recklessly was ejected onto a 5 Freeway sign near Griffith Park following a rollover crash Friday morning.

    The fatal crash happened near Colorado Street around 7 a.m. when Richard Pananian of Burbank was driving on the southbound side of the freeway at high speeds, hitting one vehicle with three passengers, according to the California Highway Patrol. The people in the second vehicle were OK, police said.

    Authorities said the Pananian's Ford Focus rolled several times, and the driver was catapulted onto the sign. CHP said he was not wearing a seatbelt. Pananian was pronounced dead at the scene.

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    Thousands of motorists saw the disturbing sight as they drove by on the southbound 5 Freeway near the 134 Freeway split.

    Los Angeles firefighters had to figure out how to remove the body.

    CHP shut down all lanes of the southbound 5 Freeway for nearly 15 minutes as firefighters lowered the body, which was covered in a white sheet.

    The freeway was back open and cleared around 11 a.m. after lanes were shut down for hours for the investigation.

    CORRECTION: It was previously reported that the vehicle was a Prius. Police now say it was a Ford Focus.
     
  2. Oct 31, 2015 at 3:20 PM
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  3. Oct 31, 2015 at 6:24 PM
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    flynbyu2

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    I'm guessing his seatbelt wasn't on.
     
  4. Oct 31, 2015 at 6:40 PM
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  5. Nov 1, 2015 at 7:00 AM
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    I unfortunately know that area too well. Not far from Dodger Stadium/ LA Zoo. Probably drove by that particular sign a billion times. Never saw a body hanging there though. Problem is in that area traffic is usually 2 mph during the week day morning/afternoon rush hour. Different at night/early morning before the heavy traffic hits though. I've seen some bad accidents along that stretch. Usually motorcyclists getting taken out when spliting cars and one of the cars changes lanes or a semi. :homer:
     
  6. Nov 1, 2015 at 7:10 AM
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    That's unreal... My first thought was that sounds like fake movie physics. But I guess if his car was rolling over fast enough :notsure:

    Prayers to the guy's family. Always wear your seatbelt folks.
     
  7. Nov 1, 2015 at 2:15 PM
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    Amen to that.
     
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