Downtown Los Angeles header image
Los Angeles Police Department Memorial Badge


News Release

Saturday, June 22, 2013

Media Relations

Man Dies in Solo Traffic Collision NR13210rh

Los Angeles:   The Los Angeles Police Department, West Traffic Detectives are currently investigating a solo traffic collision.

On June 18, 2013, around 4:20 a.m., a solo traffic collision occurred on Highland Avenue south of Melrose Avenue. The driver of the vehicle was travelling southbound on Highland Avenue when he lost control and hit a tree.  The vehicle burst into flames and the driver died at scene.

The driver of the 2013 Mercedes C250 has been identified as 33-year-old Michael Mahon Hastings.

Detectives from West Traffic Division are investigating the collision. For further information please contact Detective Connie White at (213) 473-0234.  During weekends and off-hours, call the 24-hour toll free number at 1-877-LAPD24-7 (1-877-527-3247). 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.