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Tuesday, December 26, 2017

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Northridge: The Los Angeles Police Department Valley Traffic Area detectives are investigating a fatal traffic collision which left a 29-year-old motorcyclist man dead.

On December 22, 2017 at about 7:00 p.m., a white 2011 Mercedes SUV, was driven by 30-year-old, Grigor Gevork Nalbandian, resident of Northridge.

Nalbandian was traveling westbound Parthenia Street when it made a left turn to go southbound onto Louise Avenue. As the Mercedes made the left turn, it collided with a 2002 Yamaha motorcycle traveling eastbound Parthenia Street.

The force of the collision sent the motorcyclist in a southeasterly direction colliding with a brick wall before coming to rest on the sidewalk at the southeast corner of Parthenia St and Louise Avenue.

The driver of Mercedes remained at scene and provided his information as required by law. Nalbanian was determined to be driving under the suspicion of impairment and was arrested and booked at Van Nuys Jail for Murder, 187(a) P.C with a bail amount of $2,000.000.

The motorcyclist died at scene from injuries suffered in the collision. He has been identified as 29-year-old, Juan Antonio Cueva-Romero, a resident of Winnetka.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Valley Traffic Detective III William Bustos at (818) 644-8021or Detective II L. Fuentes at (818) 644-8029. During non-business hours or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7 (877-527-3247). Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call Crime Stoppers at 800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477). Tipsters may also contact Crime Stoppers by texting to phone number 274637 (C-R-I-M-E-S on most keypads) with a cell phone. All text messages should begin with the letters "LAPD." Tipsters may also go to LAPDOnline.org, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.


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