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Monday, December 31, 2007

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Street Racing Ends in Fatal Traffic Collision

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 4:15AM, 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).