Fatal Crash in Central Division NR22342hg

November 20, 2022

Los Angeles: The Los Angeles Police Department Central Traffic Detectives are investigating a Fatal Vehicle versus Pedestrian collision that occurred in the Central Area.

On November 18, 2022, at approximately 11:40 p.m., a silver Lexus IS200t was travelling westbound on 9th Street, which is a “One-Way” eastbound street, and struck two male pedestrians who were crossing in a marked crosswalk at the intersection of 9th Street and Olive Street. The impact of the collision caused both pedestrians to be catapulted into the air and land on the street.

The driver of the Lexus continued to drive westbound and crashed head-on with another vehicle which was waiting at a red light at the opposite side of the intersection. After the second collision, the driver of the Lexus attempted to drive from the scene by ramming his vehicle between a passenger vehicle and a tractor trailer, however, the driver was not successful. The driver placed his vehicle in reverse, but a community member blocked his path of escape with their vehicle. Community members were able to keep the driver at the scene until the officers arrived.

The Los Angeles City Fire Department responded and transported both pedestrians to a local hospital. A 32-year-old male was treated for severe, but non-life-threatening injuries. Tragically, a 36-year-old male died from his injuries.

The deceased pedestrian’s identification is being withheld pending notification of next of kin.

The investigation revealed the driver, 39-year-old male Asian named John Joseph Hansen Madarang, of Los Angeles, was impaired at the time of the crash. He was arrested for 23153(a) Felony DUI, of the California Vehicle Code. He is being housed at the Metropolitan Detention Center, under Booking No. 6504398, and his bail is set at $130,000.00.

Anyone with information about this collision is asked to contact Detective Juan Campos, Central Traffic Detectives, at (213) 833-3713, or email him at 31480@lapd.online, or contact the Central Traffic Division Watch Commander at (213) 833-3746. During non-business hours, or on weekends, calls should be directed to 1-877-LAPD-24-7. Anyone wishing to remain anonymous should call the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-TIPS (800-222-8477) or go directly to www.lacrimestoppers.org. Tipsters may also visit ww.lapdonline.org, and click on “Anonymous Web Tips” under the Get Involved-Crime Stoppers” menu to submit an online tip. Lastly, tipsters may also download the “P3 Tips” mobile application and select the L.A. Regional Crime Stoppers as their local program.