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Friday, March 29, 2013

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Investigators from VTD Seek Witnesses of a Fatal Traffic Collision in Porter Ranch NR13106SF

Los Angeles:  Earlier this morning around 10:00 a.m., a white 1996 Honda Accord traveling west bound Rinaldi Street, west of Mason Avenue lost control and ran off the roadway.  The car collided with a pole and immediately caught fire.  One man from within the car was severely burned and transported to a local hospital.  Another passenger died as a result of the collision.

Valley Traffic Division Officer Scott DeWitt and Detective William Bustos are investigating the fatal traffic collision.  Anyone who may have seen the incident is urged to call Officer DeWitt at 818-644-8027, or Detective William Bustos at 818-644-8021.  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 1-800-222-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, click on "webtips" and follow the prompts.