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News Release

Saturday, August 17, 2002

Media Relations

Fatal Traffic Accident Investigation


Los Angeles: On August 17, 2002, at approximately 3:30 a.m., a 1988 Buick La Sabre was traveling northbound Broadway, at 34th Street, when the car ran off the roadway and collided with a lamp standard and power pole.

Pablo Muñoz, a 17 year-old resident of Los Angeles, died at the scene as a result of head trauma.

Miguel Pedroza, 18 years of age, and Omar Torralba, 28 years of age, both residents of Los Angeles, sustained head trauma and were transported to USC Medical Center, where they remain hospitalized.

It is unknown who was the driver of the vehicle. The investigation is ongoing.

Central Traffic Division Detective Josephine Mapson and Officer Richard Leushner assumed responsibility for the investigation. Anyone with information that may assist in this investigation is urged to call Central Traffic detectives at 213 485-3111. On weekends and during off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at the Detective Information Desk, 1-877-LAWFULL.

This press release was prepared by Public Information Officer Eduardo Funes, Media Relations Section, 213-485-3586.