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News Release

Thursday, March 5, 2009

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Four-Car Pile-up Results in One Fatality

Los Angeles:  A man was killed in a chain reaction crash that injured three other people.

On Wednesday, March 4, 2008, at around 3 p.m., 63-year-old Vachik Yedigarvan was driving a GMC Sonoma pickup truck northbound on La Tuna Canyon Road when for unknown reasons he crossed over the double yellow lines into oncoming traffic.  His truck collided head-on into a southbound Chevy truck on La Tuna Canyon Road.  A Subaru car driving behind that truck also struck the oncoming GMC truck and was forced into the northbound lanes, where it hit a Nissan Altima head-on.

Yedigarvan was pronounced dead at the scene.  The drivers of the other vehicles, all traveling alone, were each transported to local hospitals for treatment of minor injuries.

Valley Traffic Detectives are handling the investigation and wish to remind all drivers to wear their seatbelts and to watch their speed during inclement weather.  Detectives are investigating whether Yedigarvan was properly wearing his lap and shoulder belt and whether it contributed to his death.

Anyone with information or questions may contact Officer Doug Larkin or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8036.  During off-hours, calls may be directed to a 24-hour, toll-free number at 1-877-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.