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News Release

Monday, September 18, 2006

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DUI Driver Arrested for Murder

Los Angeles: A DUI driver was arrested for murder, when he was involved in a fatal traffic collision on Sunday night.

On Sunday, September 18, 2006, at about 9:45 PM, a fatal traffic collision occurred at the intersection of Central Avenue and 52nd Place.

Earl Nathasingh, 44, of Chino, was riding his 2001 Honda CBR motorcycle southbound on Central Avenue when he struck the right side of a 1990 Honda Accord turning left onto 52nd Place.

The driver of the Accord, Maynor Javier Palma, 27, of Los Angeles, made an attempt to flee the scene but was detained by citizens in the area.

Nathasingh was transported to California Hospital with numerous lacerations and severe internal injuries. Despite lifesaving efforts by paramedics and doctors, Nathasingh died early Monday morning.

During the investigation, Palma was found to be under the influence of alcohol. Because of a prior DUI conviction, Palma was arrested for Murder.

The investigation is being conducted by Central Traffic Division detectives. For further information, please contact Detective Felix Padilla or Detective Michael Kaden at 213-972-1825 or the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at 213-972-1853.