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News Release

Sunday, March 29, 2009

Media Relations

Newspaper Route Fatality

Los Angeles:  A man was killed early Sunday morning when his Mazda pickup truck was hit head on by a car that crossed over the roadways dividing line.

On March 29, 2009, at around 5:30 a.m., 41 year-old Maximino Angeles Hernandez, a resident of Van Nuys, was northbound on Woodley Avenue, south of Parthenia Avenue, delivering newspapers in his Mazda pickup truck.   

Sueng Lee, 23-years of age and a resident of North Hills, was driving a 2003 Hyundai southbound on Woodley Avenue, and crossed over the dividing line, crashing head on into Hernandez.  

Hernandez was pronounced dead at scene.  Lee remained at scene and was transported to a local hospital for treatment of minor injuries.  

Lee was found to be driving under the influence and was arrested for second degree murder.  He is being held on $1 million dollars bail.

Valley Traffic Detectives are handling the investigation and wish to remind all drivers of the dangers of drinking and driving.

Anyone with information or questions may contact Detectives Jackson or Bustos at 818-644-8021.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at1-877-LAPD-24-7 (527-3247).  Callers may also text "Crimes" with a cell phone or log on to and click on Web tips. When using a cell phone, all messages should begin with "LAPD."  Tipsters may remain anonymous.