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Witness: Hastings’ speeding car ‘shook my car like a freight truck going by’

Posted By yihan On June 21, 2013 @ 10:55 am In Featured Stories,Prison Planet | Comments Disabled

Dylan Stableford
Yahoo News [1]
June 21, 2013

A driver who witnessed the fiery crash that killed journalist Michael Hastings [2] says the vehicle the 33-year-old was driving shook his car “like a freight truck” as it flew by early Tuesday morning in Los Angeles.

“Was stopped at a red light tonight when a pearl white Mercedes flew past,” Michael Carter wrote on Facebook a few hours later. “It shook my car like a freight truck going by. Saw it burst into flames a quarter mile down the road when it hit a tree.”

In a Facebook message to Yahoo News, Carter explained in detail what he saw:

I was stopped at the light at Santa Monica [Boulevard], headed south on Highland [Avenue]. I looked down to turn my radio down, and this car just blasted past me through the red light—it shook my car. No telling how fast the driver was going. A taxi driver was in the far right lane and we looked at each other, both saying, “What the hell was that?”… By the time the light changed, I could only see the tail lights of the white Mercedes—it was probably past Willoughby by then which was the next red light that I got stopped at. The Mercedes was flying down Highland. The same cab driver pulled up to the light at Willoughby [Avenue] and I looked over at him again in disbelief. Right as I did, the cab driver said something to the effect of, “He didn’t make it.” The [Mercedes] was all the way south of Melrose [Avenue] at this point.

I looked down Highland and saw a giant fireball at the base of one of the palms that line the medians on Highland. It was surreal. Even from as far away as I was, I could see how violent an impact it had been. I live in the area so parked near my place and sprinted over the the scene of the accident. As I was running, a couple of workers from the service station at the corner of Melrose and Highland were also running over. In broken English, one of them and I traded stories of what we saw as we ran. From what I could understand, he saw the car come off the ground at some point—maybe when [it] crossed Melrose.

A Hancock Park resident was already spraying the car with his water hose when we got to it, but wasn’t making any progress. The car was engulfed. I couldn’t see inside it. Fire trucks and police cars were at the scene almost immediately, it seemed.

I stayed and watched firefighters extinguish the the blaze. Bummed a cigarette from a guy named Jeremy and traded stories about what we saw. He was right around Melrose and Highland when it happened. I gave a statement to police and walked home.

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[1] Yahoo News: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/hastings-crash-witness-113514329.html

[2] killed journalist Michael Hastings: http://news.yahoo.com/blogs/lookout/michael-hastings-dead-33-002300721.html

[3] Hastings Fiery Car Crash, The Stuff of Hollywood Myths: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hastings-fiery-car-crash-the-stuff-of-hollywood-myths.html

[4] Eye Witness to Michael Hastings Murder Says Body Not Charred Beyond Recognition: http://www.prisonplanet.com/eye-witness-to-michael-hastings-murder-says-body-not-charred-beyond-recognition.html

[5] Witness claims youths yelled ‘this is for Trayvon’ in beating: http://www.prisonplanet.com/witness-claims-youths-yelled-this-is-for-trayvon-in-beating.html

[6] Hastings Crash Witness Tells All: http://www.prisonplanet.com/hastings-crash-witness-tells-all.html

[7] Police roll out video surveillance truck called The Peacemaker: http://www.prisonplanet.com/police-roll-out-video-surveillance-truck-called-the-peacemaker.html

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